IUPUI receives $300,000 grant to continue expanding STEM education access for women

Award to provide two years of scholarship support for 25 undergraduates

Indianapolis, IN -- IUPUI was recently awarded $300,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation as part of the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM. The two-year grant will support 25 undergraduate scholarships for women studying any of the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science at the IUPUI School of Science and the engineering disciplines including biomedical, computer, electrical, energy, mechanical and motorsports available at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

The funds from the Clare Boothe Luce award will reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the cost of attendance for women students in science and engineering programs ensuring they don’t face any financial barriers as they finish and earn their degrees.

“As Indiana’s premier urban research higher education institution, IUPUI has played a leading role in expanding access to STEM education, particularly for populations that have been historically underrepresented in these disciplines,” said John DiTusa, Dean for the IUPUI School of Science. “The Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program will serve to highlight the tremendous potential of our diverse students, as well as the graduate and professional opportunities IUPUI and the city of Indianapolis have to offer as a rapidly growing campus and hub for STEM industries.”

Recipients of the scholarship will join a cohort of their peers to help facilitate each student’s scientific and engineering knowledge and skills, as well as the academic and career networks needed to pursue their advanced study and career goals after they’ve earned their degree.

“Students who are awarded this scholarship will have additional opportunities to expand networks that will last a lifetime,” said David Russomanno, Dean for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. “By reducing financial barriers, student recipients will have additional opportunities to pursue national scholar programs, as well as enrich their preparation for graduate or professional school, and other career opportunities.”

Women students entering their junior or senior year will be eligible to apply for the scholarship. Funds would cover any unmet need related to students’ tuition and fees, as well as other educational expenses.


The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information visit https://science.iupui.edu/.

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is regarded as one of America’s premier urban schools of engineering and technology. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in a global economy, and is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for its excellence in teaching and learning, research and creative activities, and community engagement. For more information visit https://et.iupui.edu/.