Xavier University receives Clare Boothe Luce scholarships

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Xavier University has received $240k for four scholarships for women in chemistry, computer science or physics over a three-year period from the Clare Boothe Luce program of the Henry Luce Foundation. Each student will receive full tuition and fees for two years.

In addition, Xavier will provide up to $1,000 for each CBL Scholar to present research at a professional conference, and assign each CBL Scholar a faculty mentor. Selection is based on academic excellence and an interest in pursuing graduate education and careers in science and engineering fields in which women are underrepresented.

With the grant funding, four students will be designated as CBL Scholars (two in 2012 and two in 2013) and for their junior and senior years. Xavier will contribute tuition and fees for two additional scholarships, one in 2012 and one in 2013, in order to expand the impact of the program.

"The funding offers us a tremendous opportunity to support the success of female students pursuing degrees and careers in chemistry, computer science and physics," says Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier. "Xavier's emphasis on undergraduate research, particularly in the STEM fields, provides a strong foundation for ongoing study in the sciences."

Of the 12 Xavier women who received full Clare Boothe Luce scholarships under prior grants, nine have pursued graduate education in a STEM discipline, and two of these have completed PhDs and are now at post-doctoral positions, one at Harvard University and one at Vanderbilt University.

Since 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 Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in science, mathematics and engineering.

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