Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing the Clare Boothe Luce Program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The Program has become one of the single largest sources of private funding for women’s STEM higher education in the United States. In 30 years of grantmaking (1989-2019), the Clare Boothe Luce Program has awarded over $200 million in support of more than 2,600 women.
At Le Moyne College, the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program supports undergraduate women majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics. The program is designed to motivate and prepare high-potential women for success in graduate school and academic or research careers through engagement in mentored research, networking, and career preparation activities.
For more information about Ambassador Luce, please visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.