Women in Science Scholarship Program

The program encourages women to undertake collegiate studies in the sciences and technology -- areas in which women historically are underrepresented.

St. John's established a program of Women in Science Scholarships for students intending to major in one of the following disciplines:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Toxicology

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 each year.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship Program

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.

Shaping Careers
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 the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship program for undergraduates, the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Program, supporting summer research; the Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship Program, supporting select Masters and Doctoral degree programs; and the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship, which provides support for the first five years of a beginning tenure-track faculty appointment.

The CBL Graduate Fellowship program supports women who pursue the Ph.D. degree with a major in biology, or the M.S. degree with a major in chemistry, biology or toxicology 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 underrepresented.

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 or US permanent residents, and have declared a major in one of the following fields, may apply: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or Toxicology.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduation from an accredited public or private high school
  • United States citizen, or US permanent resident
  • 90% overall secondary school average or 87% overall secondary school average with a 90% average in science, mathematics and computer science coursework
  • 1100 combined math and verbal score on the SAT examinations (24 on the ACT)
  • 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 science courses

The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) program recently celebrated 25 years of providing grants that support women in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. 

More Information
St. John’s University
The Women in Science Program
Newman Hall, Room 106
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Joan E. DeBello
[email protected]
Marie Nitopi, Ed.D.
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