The Women in Science Scholarship was developed by St. John's
University in direct response to the Henry Luce Foundation's
generous gift to the University of the Clare Boothe Luce
Scholarship awards in 1990.
The program' encourages women to undertake collegiate studies in
the sciences and technology -- areas in which women historically
St. John's established a program of Women in Science
Scholarships for students intending to major in one of the
- Computer Science
- Physical Science
- Environmental Studies
- the Allied Health Professions
This page offers a comprehensive look at the Women in Science
Scholarship at St. John's -- and the ways the scholarship
embodies the ideals of Clare Boothe Luce.
A Wide Range of Opportunities
The scholarship combines a specified financial award with
innovative academic programs to provide young women with special
preparation for success in the sciences and technology.
Along with their financial award, scholarship recipients also
enjoy a wide range of academic opportunities, including
participation in mentoring programs, workshops and lectures.
St. John's University offers a limited number of partial
scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a designated major in
the natural and applied sciences or computer science. Candidates
must submit a completed application for general admission to St.
John's. Deadline dates are noted on the application forms.
Awards are offered when the student is accepted and finalized
upon enrollment. Recipients must complete a minimum of 24 credits
each academic year and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average
Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship
Clare Boothe Luce truly was a Renaissance woman. Her remarkable
career spanned seven decades and nearly as many professional
interests: journalism, politics, diplomacy, the theater and
intelligence. In each of those fields she excelled. In each she
broke new paths for women to follow.
She served as associate director of Vogue, associate and
managing editor of Vanity Fair and as a newspaper columnist. She
was a Member of Congress from Connecticut and, later, U.S.
Ambassador to Italy. Twice she was elected to the President's
Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In addition, she authored six
plays, most of which were produced on Broadway.
By the time of her death, in 1987, Clare Boothe Luce had become
a national symbol of women's accomplishments and potential. Not
content with her achievements, Mrs. Luce was always eager to
consider new topics, to test new hypotheses and to encourage other
women to achieve their own potential.
Characteristically, she declined to restrict her vision to the
fields in which she had established her reputation. Under the terms
of her will, she chose instead to establish the legacy which is now
known as the Clare Boothe Luce Fund. The Fund will benefit current
and future generations of women who possess talent and ambition in
areas in which they continue to be grossly underrepresented.
St. John's University, awarded Mrs. Luce an honorary Doctor of Fine
Arts degree in 1964. Mrs. Luce's will designated St. John's
among the beneficiaries of the Clare Boothe Luce Fund.
With support from the fund, the University established both the
Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship program for undergraduates and the
Clare Boothe Luce Doctoral Fellowship program.
The fellowship program supports women who pursue the Ph.D.
degree with a major in biology at St. John's. The objective of this
program is to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and prepare
for careers in teaching and research in the sciences and the
technological fields, in which they are historically
In following the guidelines of the Clare Boothe Luce
Scholarship, students who plan a career in the field of medicine or
pharmaceutical sciences (including dentistry and physician
assistant) are ineligible.
Women who are U.S. citizens, and have declared a major in one of
the following fields, may apply: Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Physical Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or Toxicology.
- Graduation from an accredited public or private high
- United States citizen
- 90% overall secondary school average or 87% overall secondary
school average with a 90% average in science, mathematics and
computer science coursework
- 1100 combined score on the SAT examinations (24 on the
- If currently a St. John's student, must have a 3.5 overall GPA
or 3.25 GPA with a 3.5 GPA in all mathematics, science and computer
St. John’s University
The Women in Science
Newman Hall, Room 106
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439