“I can think of no single event in recent years that more eloquently acknowledges the quality of a Lewis & Clark education than does this invitation to join so distinguished a group of institutions,” said President Tom Hochstettler. “This invitation offers our students a tremendous opportunity to engage our global community in a meaningful way.”
Launched in 1974, The Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year.
In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended.