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Luce Leaders & Scholars

The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. presents annual Luce Leadership Awards to young leaders working to better humanity, either in the U.S. or abroad, who embody the characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence, and stewardship. See biographies below.



  • Alana Galloway, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Greenwich (b. '97)


  • Jamil Patacon Fuller, Lawrence University (b. '96)




  • Bill Tenda, Executive Director, Orphans International Worldwide Indonesia


We are already taking nominees for 2016, including our youngest nominees, two 13-year old young global leaders, Jewels Harrison (b.'02) and Ramin Herath (b.'02).

Luce Scholars

We have begun a scholarship program known as J. Luce Scholars to provide financial awards to undergraduate and graduate students for academic and/or living expenses in the U.S.


  • Yu "Jeff" Guan (Baruch College)
  • Jeremy Leung (SUNY Potsdam)


  • Jamil Patacon Fuller (Lawrence)


J. Luce Foundation Honorable Mention was given in 2015 to Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana, founders, New York On Tech; 2014 to Adil Qays Adil, an aspiring dancer, choreographer and filmmaker in Baghdad, Iraq; 2013 to Elian Gonzalez, young global leader in Cuba; 2012 to Eric Niragira, an ex-child soldier from Burundi who founded a training center for development of ex-combatants known as CEDAC; in 2011 to Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust in Bihar, India; in 2010 to Jin In, founding director of 4Girls GLocal Leadership - Inspiring Girls, Transforming the World; in 2009 Omar Ghraieb, freelance journalist in Palestine and translator for MSF (Doctors without Borders); and in 2008 to Phadoul Amisial, Administrator of St. Damien Hôpital, Port-au-Prince, the first director of Orphans International Worldwide Haiti in 2000.


Our last event was entitled "Two Decades of Helping Humanity: the J. Luce Foundation at Five Years and Orphans International Worldwide {OIWW) at Fifteen Years."  The Foundation thanks the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations for hosting its Annual Luce Leadership Awards Reception in 2015, and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2013 and 2014. The 2016 Leadership Reception is planned for the Harvard Club.


BIOS (Alpha Order)

Eugenie Carys de Silva, Harvard University (LL ’15). Eugenie is a 16-year old with several academic world records, including being admitted to Harvard at 13. She is the founder of the International Association of Child Prodigies, an adjunct professor, editor of several academic books, and is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Politics. Her goal is to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense.


Jamil Patacon Fuller, Lawrence University (LL '14). Jamil has traveled to various countries in Europe and Asia with the Young People's Chorus of New York City. He is attending Lawrence University with a Posse Foundation Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship. Jamil hosts an Internet radio music show weekly on Lawrence's WLFM Radio. He is interested in languages and is learning Italian with the goal of studying abroad in Florence or Milan.


Alana Galloway, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School (LL '15). Alana, 17 years old, was first recognized and published nationally at 15 after writing an editorial raising awareness about teen suicide and bullying. Since then, she has used her writing and photographic skills to tackle challenging social issues such as human trafficking and prison reform through several publications, including The Stewardship Report and The Huffington Post.


Seal-Bin Han, Johns Hopkins University (LL '14). Seal-Bin is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University studying Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Bloomberg Scholar. He is co-founder and president of World Youth Initiative, a non-profit that serves ten countries and has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past two years. He is also the founder and C.E.O. of a health technology social enterprise called ShapeU.


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