Clark Atlanta University Receives $250,000 Grant from Clare Boothe Luce Program to Advance STEM


ATLANTA, GA – December 5, 2018 – Clark Atlanta University is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $243,648 in support of four Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in Cyber-Physical Systems and Mathematics, over a period of two years.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program awards support for women in the physical science and engineering fields in which women are the least well represented. The undergraduate scholarships will cover educational expenses for two female students per department, enabling those students to focus on their studies during the final two undergraduate years. Clark Atlanta University is one of few Historically Black Colleges and Universities to receive one of these prestigious grants.

This latest grant is in keeping with the vision of President Ronald A. Johnson to position CAU as one of the preeminent research institutions in the nation. Recently, CAU has been awarded over $7 million in multi-year awards for education, research and development.

“It is a honor to receive this prestigious grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Luce Boothe Program, and a testament to the world-class research conducted here at Clark Atlanta University,” said Ronald A. Johnson, Ph. D., president of CAU. “We graciously thank the foundation for advancing our mission to be culturally relevant and academically competitive, igniting new possibilities for black women in STEM.”


About Clare Luce Boothe Program

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. To date, the program has supported more than 2,300 women.


About Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy. 

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. 

The Luce Foundation pursues its mission today through the following grant-making programs: American ArtAsiaLuce ScholarsTheologyHigher Education; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International AffairsPublic Policy; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators.  From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Visit to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.