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Clare Boothe Luce Foundation funds four scholarships
A grant from the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Foundation will fund four two-year scholarships at UDM for women in mathematics, science and engineering. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2005-2006 and two in 2006-2007 to students to complete their junior and senior years.

“This will maximize the impact of the scholarships within the University community and encourage freshman women to strive to become a CBL scholar,” says Marc Melamed, director of Development for the College of Engineering & Science. “The students will receive full tuition as well as room and board.”

Outstanding sophomore women with at least a 3.25 GPA with declared majors in the eligible departments will be invited to apply for a CBL scholarship. Based on each woman’s academic abilities, involvement in campus organizations and an interview, the committee will select two scholars for each academic year. The two scholarships will not be awarded to students in the same department.

As planned, a mentorship system will complement the scholarships, with women faculty mentoring the scholarship recipients. They, in turn, will mentor freshman and sophomore women in the specified fields of study. All involved also will participate in outreach programs for local high school women interested in science and engineering.

Academic support for the CBL scholarship endeavor is provided by Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry Mary Lou Caspers and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Sandy Yost.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program is considered the single most significant source of private support for women in mathematics, science and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, as well as the widow of TIME magazine founder Henry R. Luce. Aware that many women “face obstacles in their chosen professions,” she established the scholarship program to offer encouragement to women pursuing technical careers.

Auto suppliers create scholarships
Continental Teves and Yazaki Corporation recently established corporate scholarships for UDM students.

Continental Teves, a global supplier of braking systems and other automotive components, has created a scholarship to be awarded to a student majoring in engineering or computer science. The recipient must exemplify excellence in scholarship and dedication to professionalism and have the potential to contribute to the quality of academic and student life at UDM.

The scholarship package includes a paid spring/summer internship at Continental Teves during the spring/summer of the first year that the student enrolls at UDM and a graduate assistantship, underwritten by the College of Engineering & Science. Continental Teves also may recruit the students upon graduation for employment on a position-available basis.

Yazaki Corporation, a global leader in vehicle power and data solutions, has created a scholarship to assist two students throughout their four-year tenure at UDM. The scholarships also will allow each student to co-op at Yazaki’s plants in Michigan and in Mexican as part of the Mexican American Partnership (MAP) program.

UDM developed the MAP exchange program with Monterrey Tech, a prestigious multi-campus private university in Mexico. With the support of corporate sponsors, including Yazaki, MAP has become a national model for educating leaders who can envision and implement regional cooperation among North American industries.