St. Catherine University has been awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM. The $225,000 award will fund three undergraduate scholarships for STEM majors at the university. St. Kate's is one of only 12 higher education institutions across the country to receive this grant for this award cycle — and one of only two Minority Serving Institutions.
“We are thrilled to support this outstanding group of schools, including two Minority Serving Institutions. Each year, competition for CBL awards becomes more intense as schools increasingly recognize the importance of supporting women in STEM. It not only benefits the recipients but also strengthens the institution and benefits society as a whole,” said Dr. Carlotta Arthur, Program Director of the Clare Boothe Luce Program in an announcement released by the Henry Luce Foundation.
The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM encourages women to study and teach in STEM disciplines in which they are underrepresented. In recent years, the Luce Foundation has advanced leadership development of women in STEM and promoted systemic, structural, and cultural change efforts in higher education. In particular, the Foundation has intensified its focus on women of color, increased grantmaking to minority-led institutions, and supported work on women in STEM innovation.
“St. Catherine University aspires to change the faces of leadership in science, tech, engineering, and math to better reflect the communities these fields serve,” said Anita Thomas, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost at St. Kate’s. “These scholarships, combined with a support structure developed to meet students wherever they are at in life, make it easier for students to focus on bringing their best to their classes.”
This is the third grant St. Kate's has been awarded from the CBL Program for Women in STEM. Fifteen of St. Kate’s seventeen past CBL scholars have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in science or transitioned directly to STEM-related careers after graduation.