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Ewha Womans University: program for women in STEM

The Luce Foundation is happy to announce the sixth grant in its 75th Anniversary Initiative, an award of $1.5 million to Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, Korea, to support Expanding Horizons, a summer program for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which will take place on the Ewha campus in 2015, 2016 and 2017.


   (The Ewha Campus)

Founded in 1886, Ewha is the world’s largest comprehensive university for women, currently enrolling over 25,000 women in 11 colleges and 15 graduate schools, including medicine, law, and engineering. Like the Luce Foundation, Ewha Womans University has a longstanding interest in supporting women in STEM disciplines. From founding the world’s first women’s engineering college in 1996, to hosting the 13th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (with 700 participants from 53 countries) in 2005, to organizing the Young Woman Scientist Camp in 2013, Ewha has been dedicated to supporting not only its own students, but the international community of women in the sciences.

Expanding Horizons will be an 18-day experience on the Ewha campus, including ten days of seminar and lecture activity in STEM fields, tours of STEM research and industrial facilities, and visits to Korean historical sites and cultural attractions. It is particularly designed to allow ample time for peer interaction and for one-on-one meetings between students and faculty members. The program will serve 20-24 women each summer, half of them Ewha participants, and half of them Clare Boothe Luce graduate fellows.


   (Students on the Campus)

Created by a bequest from Clare Boothe Luce in 1987, the CBL program offers grants to institutions of higher learning to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and initial faculty appointments for women in STEM fields. Since 1987, the program has distributed $149 million to 180 schools, directly benefitting nearly two thousand scholars.

By the terms of Mrs. Luce’s bequest, these grants have been limited to institutions, students, and faculty in the United States. The Luce Foundation is excited to use the opportunity of the 75th anniversary to provide CBL participants with an opportunity for an international experience.

The president of Ewha University commented, “As an institution that is committed to cultivating female talents and leaders in the STEM fields, Ewha tremendously appreciates and values this opportunity to put together a program that we hope will have a lasting impact on the lives of those who will participate.”



 75th Anniversary Initiative


This grant was part of a special initiative celebrating the Luce Foundation’s 75th anniversary and honoring the vision of our founder, Henry R. Luce. Over the course of two years, the Foundation awarded a series of seven major grants fostering innovation in our historic areas of interest, including leadership, service, scholarship, communication, and international understanding.


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“As an institution that is committed to cultivating female talents and leaders in the STEM fields, Ewha tremendously appreciates and values this opportunity to put together a program that we hope will have a lasting impact on the lives of those who will participate.”
- Kim Sunuk President of ewha university