Stonehill has been awarded a grant of $101,224 by The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. The grant is part of the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program and will support 2 two-year computer science scholarships. 

According to the terms of the CBL Program, the undergraduate scholarships will be awarded to two highly qualified female students who are computer science majors.  Generally, the scholarships are directed toward prospective juniors who must maintain high academic standards. A selection committee will choose Stonehill’s Clare Boothe Luce Scholars at a later date.

"The computer science department is very proud to be the recipient of such a prestigious award," said Ralph J. Bravaco, professor of computer science at Stonehill. "Besides the obvious financial assistance which these very generous scholarships will provide to women majoring in computer science, this grant will also permit Stonehill to share Clare Boothe Luce’s vision of promoting the advancement of women in science
and engineering."

The purpose of the CBL Program, according to Luce’s will, is to “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in fields where there have seemingly been obstacles to their advancement.” These field areas include physical and life sciences, mathematics, computer science and engineering. 

Clare Boothe Luce was an author, editor, playwright, war correspondent, Republican congresswomen and U.S. ambassador. Her husband was Henry R. Luce, publisher Time, Life and Fortune magazines.

Jennifer Burge, Class of 2004, was awarded the first Luce Scholarship.