Providence College Receives Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Program Grant

Award will fund scholarships for exceptional senior class women in chemistry, applied physics, computer science and mathematics.

November 16, 2016 – Providence, RI – Providence College (PC) today announced that it has been chosen to receive its first major grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program at the Henry Luce Foundation.  The program is the largest source of private funding for women studying science, mathematics and engineering.  PC will receive $288,538 beginning in 2017 for Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in chemistry, applied physics, mathematics or computer science.  Eight undergraduate female students will receive the awards, two per year for the next four years.  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

Clare Boothe Luce–playwright, journalist, ambassador, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut–was the widow of Henry Luce, a magazine magnate and philanthropist. The Clare Boothe Luce Program was established in 1989, and has supported more than 1900 women.

“We are humbled that the Henry Luce Foundation has found us worthy of such a significant award, and we look forward to partnering with them,” said Sheila Adamus Liotta, Providence College dean of arts and sciences. “The scholarship recipients will not only receive financial support and be seen as role models and positive examples for other students, but other lives will be enriched by the required service aspect that the scholars will perform as part of their awards. The STEM fields are a crucial component of our liberal arts foundation at Providence College, and I am pleased to see them recognized with this award.”

The first round of applications from students is due on January 25, 2017.  For more information, please visit: 

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors.  Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Reports’ “America’s Best Colleges.”