Saint Mary’s College of California Awarded $300,000 Grant to Support Women in STEM Majors

Saint Mary's chemistry studentsSaint Mary’s College of California has received a $300,000 grant award from the Henry Luce Foundation through its Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program to support undergraduate scholarships for women in science. The CBL Scholars Program at Saint Mary’s provides full scholarships for three years—for eight upper-division women majoring in science. The award is designed to honor women who are excelling in STEM fields where women are underrepresented, and to form cohorts of female scientists and scholars on the College campus.

Saint Mary’s President James Donahue applauded the scholarship program and its important role in supporting women in STEM. “Saint Mary’s College is honored to partner with the Henry Luce Foundation in supporting women in the sciences," said Donahue. "Our Lasallian mission calls us to provide an outstanding, rigorous education to all of our students. This award ensures women studying at the College are afforded all the opportunities needed to be successful in their scientific pursuits.”

Jessica Kintner, Physics professor and director of the CBL Program at Saint Mary’s, shared that the Henry Luce Foundation values the contributions and excellent work of women in the School of Science (SOS). “I look forward to working with two new cohorts of women and sharing in how the scholarships impact their lives and our community of scientists and scholars. Saint Mary’s has a strong record of achievement by women in science, and these scholarships award those with the most outstanding records in the most underrepresented STEM fields.”

This is Saint Mary’s second award from the Clare Boothe Luce Program. The College received a $300,000 grant in 2014 to support scholarships for undergraduate women studying science disciplines where women are largely underrepresented: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and environmental and Earth sciences. This year, the Henry Luce Foundation awarded a total of 11 CBL Program grants: two grants for professorships, six for undergraduate research awards, and three for undergraduate scholarships. Saint Mary’s College is honored to be among the grant recipients.

The CBL Program is dedicated to increasing the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education, and to serving as a catalyst for colleges and universities to be proactive in their own efforts toward this goal. The CBL Program was founded and funded by the Clare Boothe Luce bequest, and named in her honor. Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics, and engineering in higher education in the United States. To date, the program has supported more than 2,500 women.