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2017-18 Clare Boothe Luce scholars named at Creighton

Ten Creighton University undergraduate students studying science and technology have been named recipients of Clare Boothe Luce scholarships for 2017-18.

The Clare Boothe Luce Scholars are women engaged in science, technology or mathematics with an eye toward working, studying or teaching in those fields. The scholarships are funded for a student’s junior or senior year and can be renewed once. This year’s new honorees are:

  • Emma Baker, a sophomore from West Liberty, Iowa, majoring in biology
  • Amanda Bohanon, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, majoring in chemistry
  • Bailey Hassman, a sophomore from Sumner, Iowa, majoring in neuroscience
  • Grace Kuhl, a junior from Sartell, Minnesota, majoring in chemistry
  • Sonya Ponzi, a junior from Muskego, Wisconsin, majoring in environmental science
  • Rebecca Zawistowski, a junior from Bellevue, majoring in chemistry and classical languages

Creighton also saw three students earn renewed scholarships:

  • Rachel Busselman, a junior from Elkhorn, majoring in biology
  • Sam Stoupa, a junior from Omaha, majoring in biochemistry
  • Caitlyn Ward, a junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in physics

One Creighton student earned a summer research grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program:

  • Lindsey Mack, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in biology

To be considered for a Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship, a student must be nominated by a faculty member in one of Creighton’s natural science, mathematics or computer science departments. A selection committee reviews the nominations, interviews nominees and makes the selections based on a candidate’s academic achievements, research pursuits, intellectual curiosity, imagination and discipline.

Creighton is one of 13 institutions named in Boothe Luce’s will to receive funds, in perpetuity, for the scholarships. Boothe Luce, an internationally recognized writer, politician, diplomat and scholar, made the bequest for the scholarships bearing her name as part of the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Boothe Luce died in 1987 at the age of 84. The first scholarships were awarded in 1989, and has since helped support more than 1,500 women pursuing careers and study in the STEM fields.


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