Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) 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. Thus far, the program has supported more than 1900 women.

This year’s recipients are Angela Marinelli, C’17, Sarah Bonson, C’17, and Danielle Beauchamp, C’18 . (Pictured above from left to right)

Thanks to three Mount professors, women majoring in Science or Mathematics can now apply for a prestigious scholarship that will cover most of their tuition. The $174,996 award from the Henry Luce Foundation will fund six substantial scholarships for high-achieving women majoring in Computer Science, Chemistry or Mathematics. The Clare Boothe Luce award is awarded to institutions that have strong science, engineering, and mathematics programs as well as a demonstrated commitment to gender equity among students and faculty. The authors of the grant are Dr. Patti Kreke, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Jonelle Hook, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Abigail Kula, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.

Sophomore and junior students will be able to apply for the scholarships during the spring 2016 semester. The first scholarship awards will be applied to the 2016-17 academic year.

“The Clare Boothe Luce scholarship is a highly-competitive, national award that only goes to the institutions with the very best science and math programs, “ commented Dr. Jeffrey Simmons, Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. “Receiving this award is evidence of the strength of our Science and Mathematics programs and the expertise of the faculty who wrote the grant proposal.”

This year’s recipients were surprised in class by faculty and friends with a large certificate acknowledging their award. 

Angela Marinelli, C’17 explains, “Dean Simmons and the entire Math Department came into my Graph Theory class with a giant poster, flowers, and a balloon while blowing a kazoo- it was a little overwhelming at first, yet very entertaining.” She also added, “I'm also very happy for Sarah and Danielle, they're both inspiring young women and deserve this award. I know this is an amazing opportunity for us to encourage other young women to pursue STEM degrees, especially here at Mount St. Mary's.”

Sarah Bonson, C17 reveals, “I know that Clare was a driven, multi-talented woman who was devoted to her faith and the pursuit of scientific truth. When I found out that I had won one of the awards I was very surprised and I feel honored to be receiving such a prestigious award.” She added, “I feel incredibly blessed to be a recipient of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship this year, and I thank God for the opportunity to be honored by her legacy and the challenge to follow the example of an amazingly talented, faith-driven woman in the scientific field.”

Danielle Beauchamp, C’18 enlightens, “the program is dedicated to aiding women to succeed in areas where they are underrepresented. I think this is really cool because that's kind of what Clare's life was about, knocking down barriers where others thought they existed and thriving in those fields.” Danielle also added that, “I feel so honored to have been selected to be a part of this program and I hope that with it I am able to honor Ms. Boothe's legacy.”