Luce Foundation Awards $3.2 Million to Support Women in STEM

Luce Foundation Awards $3.2 Million to Support Women in STEM

The Henry Luce Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.2 million in support of women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

Awarded through the Clare Boothe Luce Program, the grants include $495,341 to Carleton College and $498,036 to the College of New Jersey to fund a five-year assistant professorship at each school; grants of $295,550 to Saint Mary's College of California, $300,000 to the American Indian College Fund, and $200,000 to Howard University in support of undergraduate scholarships; and $236,635 to Villanova University, $192,000 to the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, $300,000 to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), $296,850 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, $147,900 to the University of Puget Sound, and $242,128 to the College of St. Benedict in support of more than a hundred and twenty undergraduate research awards.

The program was launched in 1989 with a bequest from playwright and journalist Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, former U.S. ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. To date, the program has awarded more than $200 million in support of more than twenty-six hundred women as well as thirteen institutions designated to receive awards in perpetuity. 

For a complete list of 2019 grants, see the Henry Luce Foundation website.