Fellows, Scholars &
The Foundation has supported many Fellows and Scholars from the following universities: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Case Western, Columbia, Marietta, Wooster, and Yale. Scholars receive Foundation grants ranging from $500 to $9,000. Over the years our Foundation Artists-in-Residence have included a poet and a modern dancer with plans for a novelist/screenwriter to be awarded in 2018.
J. Luce Fellows.
Our Fellowship Program is a calendar-year program in which approved Fellows support the Foundation’s mission of supporting young global leadership by applying their own specific training and skills, either in person or virtually, to address the challenges of the Foundation.
2017 J. Luce Foundation Fellows were Vanessa Cabezas (U. of Barcelona), Neil Tournoux (Ohio State U.), and Ryuichiro Higa (Cornell U./Keio U.), working with our Human Resources Committee. Other Fellows are Aruditya Singh Jasrotia (India, 2016), Xuan “Isaac” He (China to Columbia, 2016), and Yang “Frank” Yi, China to Case Western, 2015). Chinh Duong (Yale, 2018) has been nominated for our 2018 Fellowship.
The first Luce Fellows were from Marietta College. For 2015-16, these were: Mandee Young (Soph., Advertising & Public Relations), Amanda Davis (Soph., International Business, Economics), Matthew Johnson (Fresh., International Leadership Studies, Spanish), McKenzie Fleeman (Fresh., Psychology), and Celeste Prince (Soph., International Leadership Studies, Psychology). See Huffington Post story here.
J. Luce Scholars.
Tsewang “Keii” Lhamo (BMCC ‘16), and Hector Liang (Baruch ‘18?) and Brendan Adkinson (Yale Ph.D.), Thanh Dang (College of Wooster ‘16), and Rylie Wahl (Marietta College ‘19) were our Luce Scholars for 2016. Each will be given a $500-$1,000 stipend in 2016. Past Awardees were Jamil Patacon Fuller, Yu “Jeff” Guan, and Jeremy Leong ($9,000). We have agreed to have Marietta College nominate one Luce Scholar per year.
We are considering Indian-American author Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla for 2018. Poet Manav Sachdeva Maasoom (India) received this award in 2015. Our 2016 Award for Artist-in-Residence was presented to contemporary dancer & choreographer Rohan Bhargava (India) whose troupe performed at both our Annual Awards Reception and August YGL Graduation Ceremony.
Honorable Mention for Leadership.
Honorable Mention for Leadership 2017 goes to Soumyajit Chatterjee, a Finnish volunteer from India at the Hatzikyriakio Orphan Institution in Greece. The award in 2016 went to Ghislain Joël Nkontchou, an AIDS activist with Cameroon Humanity First who is seeking political asylum in the U.S. It was given in 2015 to both Evin Floyd Robinson (listed, Forbes 30 Under 30) and Jessica Santana of New York On Tech; 2014 to Adil Qays Adil, an aspiring dancer, choreographer and filmmaker in Baghdad, Iraq; 2013 to Elián Gonzalez of 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; and in 2009 Omar Ghraieb, freelance journalist in Palestine and translator for MSF/DWB. ); and in 2008 to Phadoul Amisial, Administrator of St. Damien Hôpital, Port-au-Prince, the first director of Orphans International Worldwide Haiti in 2000.