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About the Program

Program History A Different Approach to Cultivating Global Leaders

Established in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is a competitive leadership development fellowship that provides emerging leaders with immersive professional experiences in Asia. In partnership with The Asia Foundation, which has offices in each of the countries and regions where we place our Scholars, we aim to strengthen relationships across borders by offering Scholars opportunities to deepen their understanding of Asia’s countries, cultures, and people. Through this yearlong immersion, the Program equips scholars with knowledge and skills to address global leadership challenges and build a more interconnected world.

Luce in Numbers

  • 15-18 Scholars Per Year
  • 50+ Years
  • 800+ Alumni
  • 19 Placement Countries

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Henry Luce Program Leaders

  • Michelle Douenias

    Senior Program Manager for Luce Scholars

    Michelle Douenias manages all aspects of the Luce Scholars Program and oversees The Asia Foundation grant. She previously worked as program associate and event coordinator for the Luce Scholars Program and prior to that, program assistant for the Luce Scholars and Clare Boothe Luce Programs. Before joining the Luce Foundation in 1990, she worked as a jewelry designer and briefly taught K–12th grade art. She holds a B.A. and a teaching certificate in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. Among other various volunteer positions in the Morris School District and local community, Michelle served on the Board of Trustees of the Morris Educational Foundation from 2013-2019.

  • Aida Gureghian

    Program Director for Leadership

    Aida Gureghian is the program director for leadership at the Henry Luce Foundation. She previously served as the assistant dean for professional development at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, where she designed and implemented innovative programming to cultivate leadership and public engagement skills. Aida also served as the assistant dean for students at NYU, where she launched several pathway programs for underrepresented students. Prior to pursuing a career in higher education administration, she taught history at the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College. Aida earned her bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA, her MPhil from Oxford University, and her PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Luce Experience

The Luce Scholar year is a 13-month commitment beginning with the orientation in June through the wrap-up meeting in July of the following year.

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