Three Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU) students, Ann Kayser, Alaina Owen, and Molly Ousborne, were recently awarded scholarships through the Clare Boothe Luce program for the 2017-18 academic year. Funded through the Henry Luce Foundation, the Clare Boothe Luce scholarship is a highly-competitive award that goes to women enrolled in a science, engineering, or math program who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership potential, and a commitment to their field.
“We are extremely proud of our three Clare Boothe Luce scholarship recipients,” said MSMU Interim President Timothy Trainor, Ph.D. “Clare Boothe Luce was a true visionary in her support of women in science, engineering and mathematics, and the Mount echoes her vision. Through this scholarship, Ann, Alaina, and Molly can now make an even greater impact in the classroom and in our community.”
This year’s recipients will follow in the footsteps of the 2016-17 academic year winners, Danielle Beauchamp, Sarah Bonson, and Angela Marinelli. While some individuals may rest after much hard work in achieving a major accomplishment, these three students have done the opposite. The scholarship has allowed Bonson to persist in her coursework, diving deeper into the material. “This scholarship has enabled me to continue exploring the scientific field,” said the soon-to-be graduate.
The scholarship enabled Beauchamp to examine her career path and look more carefully at what could lie ahead. “This award has been a wonderful opportunity to explore future career opportunities, receive mentorship, and focus on my academic studies,” said the junior. “Through this program, I have been encouraged to find what I am passionate about and find the connection of it to mathematics.”
Each recipient has also grown personally. "The Clare Boothe Luce scholarship has taught me the importance of allowing my faith to inspire my future career plans,” said Marinelli. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by the Mount community of professors and students encouraging me in my education and also in my faith.”