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 2017-18 Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

The following students are the first recipients of the ​Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in Chemistry, Applied​ Phys​ics, Mathematics, or Computer Science for exceptional senior female students.​ Through Clare Boothe Luce Program funding, these students will continue their undergraduate research projects throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

  • ​​​Em​ma Burgess ’18
    Applied Physics major, Mat​hematics minor​

  • Bianca Saliba ’18
    ​C​hemistry major​

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in Chemistry, Applied Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​luce-hs.jpgSince its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Conn​ecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. Thus far, the program has supported more than 1,900 women.​

Providence College recently received its first major grant award from the Clare Boothe Luce Program at the Henry Luce Foundation. The award will sup​port eight Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in chemistry​, applied physics, mathematics, or computer science for exceptional senior female students. Two scholarships will be awarded each year starting in academic year 2017-18 and concluding in academic year 2020-21. Clare Boothe Luce Scholars will receive: 

  • ​a full tuition and fees scholarship (room and board not included)
  • a paid summer research experience ($4,000 stipend)
  • an academic year research experience for credit

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must be current junior female students with a declared major in chemistry, applied physics, mathematics or computer science, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, U.S. Citizenship, previous undergraduate research experience, and plans to pursue either an advanced degree or an immediate career in their field upon graduation. If selected, recipients will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their senior year.  

Application Details

A completed application for a Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarship must include:

  • ​the application page as cover s​heet​, including a proposed idea of a modest initiative to help support fellow female STEM majors on campus
  • the student’s Providence College transcript
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty within the student’s major department
  • a personal statement with focus on career intent (500 words or less)

An original signed copy of the completed application must be submitted to the School of Arts & Sciences office, Ruane 147, by Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of three department chairs, the dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, a representative from Financial Aid, two additional f​emale STEM faculty members. Names of recommended recipients will be shared with the Henry Luce Foundation for final review and approval. The two scholarship recipients will be announced in early March 2017.  

Responsibilities of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars who accept the scholarship award will be active within their departments and in the broader campus community by connecting with other STEM students (particularly women via mentoring and/or tutoring roles), presenting their academic research to a campus audience in the fall and at the College’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity in the spring, and attending recruitment events, such as fall admission open houses and spring events for accepted students. They also will be required to complete a service component either via their proposed support initiative or through efforts such as a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance. The College will provide $500 per Clare Boothe Luce Scholar to help actualize their proposal to help support their fellow female STEM majors on campus.