Dominican University is proud to introduce the first full-ride science scholarship in the institution’s history as a way to break down barriers for high-achieving women in the STEM fields.

With generous support from The Henry Luce Foundation, Dominican is offering full-ride scholarships for four female students during their junior and senior years. Current Dominican sophomores and transfer students majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or math/computer science are eligible to apply.

The Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships will cover tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, transportation and paid summer research opportunities. You’ll also receive one-on-one mentoring from a faculty advisor dedicated to helping you graduate with purpose. Complete your application by March 15 to be considered.

Award Criteria
  • Applicants must be current sophomores (rising juniors).
  • Eligible majors: chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or math/computer science
  • Minimum 25 ACT composite or SAT total score of 1,200
  • 3.3 GPA out of 4.0
  • Demonstrated commitment to DU’s mission
  • Experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This could include undergraduate research, receipt of a STEM summer scholarship, participation in a research conference as well as plans for future research.
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Participation in an honors program is a plus
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to remain eligible.
How to Apply

Please complete the application to be considered for the Luce scholarship. The deadline is March 15. You’ll need to include:

  • A personal essay of 200–300 words explaining your decision to major in one of the four areas of study and how it applies to your plans for graduate-level education and a career.
  • A letter of recommendation from a science teacher.
More than a Full Ride

We know that women face tremendous obstacles to studying and building successful careers in the STEM fields. So, let’s be clear: At Dominican, you will be welcomed, supported and respected for your ambition and your passions in these fields. You will be challenged and encouraged to engage in the most rigorous pursuits possible. And you’ll be encouraged to pursue advanced education at the graduate level and beyond. Our hope is that you will, in turn, become part of a cohort of top scholars who will serve as role models for other women in the sciences.

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