The Henry Luce Foundation is delighted to announce the 2019-2020 class of Luce Scholars. From among 162 outstanding candidates nominated by 70 colleges and universities across the United States, 18 Luce Scholars have been chosen through an intense, three-month-long selection process.
Among the new Scholars is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who led a field clinic in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak; a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who taps traditions to fight food insecurity and malnutrition, and a graduate of Kingsborough Community College who covered conflicts in his native Belarus and in Israel with military reporters before emigrating to New York. We have one violinist and violist who works at the intersection of music composition and computer science, and another violinist and violist who works at the intersection of architecture and performing arts. Given that cohort learning is a significant part of the Luce Scholars Program, we are excited about the prospect of many potential collaborations. From social physics and astronautics to film, education, and wildlife conservation, the diversity and convergences of the Scholars’ passions and experiences will expose them to new perspectives and new opportunities for growth.
On June 17th, the 2019-2020 class of Luce Scholars will begin their orientation in New York and embark on their journey to Asia. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Program and excited to see how Asia will help them envision bold new ways to transform their fields—and themselves.
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Learn more about the program.