Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, novelist, first U.S. Congresswoman from Connecticut, and ambassador to Italy. The Clare Boothe Luce Program stands alone as the single most significant source of private support for women in science, engineering, and mathematics. Clare Boothe Luce appreciated, however, that many women face obstacles in their chosen professions. In her magnificent bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

    Our Clare Boothe Luce Program Seeks To:

    • Identify Young Women with an intellect and interest in math and science
    • Foster in young women a passion for excellence in math and science while at Villanova
    • Enter college or university degree programs in math or science
    • Provide role models for young women in math or science

    A Clare Boothe Luce Scholar at Villanova:

    • Attends "Women in Math and Science" Career Lectures
    • Receives role modeling from Clare Boothe Luce faculty at Villanova
    • May apply for Summer Study Grants
    • May be eligible for Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships at Villanova
    • Receives assistance with college planning and placement in mathematics or science


    Villanova is the only high school listed as a designated institution, one of thirteen institutions specifically identified by Ambassador Luce in the original bequest.