September 24, 2012 — Since the Luce Scholars program—the signature program of the Henry Luce Foundation—was launched in 1974, The Asia Foundation has administered this major effort to provide an awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. The Luce Scholars Program remains unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the course of their careers to come to know Asia. The heart of the year-long program continues to lie in the organizational placements arranged by The Asia Foundation for each Scholar on the basis of their individual career interests and experience, and our advising and assisting them throughout the year. The range of organizations that have hosted Luce Scholars over the years reflects the extraordinary dynamism and rich diversity of Asia, the broad reach and depth of The Asia Foundation network, and the unique scope of talents and interests of the Scholars themselves.
Since 1974, over 600 Luce Scholars have completed their year-long fellowships, and have gone on to demonstrate extraordinary leadership in their personal and professional careers. This year’s 18 Luce Scholars, the 39th class, are spending their year working on assignments in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Meet the Scholars here.