EVANSTON, Ill. --- Nicole E. Ripley, senior in Northwestern University’s School of Communication, has been selected as a 2006-07 Luce Scholar.
A theatre major, Ripley is very active within the theatre department, serving as a student representative for Discover NU and Recruitathon. She was president of the Student Theatre Coalition and the WAVE Productions executive board, both for three years. She also directed, stage-managed, acted and produced several student theatre productions.
Ripley has received several previous honors including being named a Communication Century Scholar and being inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society and Mortarboard National Honor Society.
The Henry Luce Foundation is currently in collaboration with the Asia Foundation to find a year-long placement for Ripley in Asia. While abroad, she will use theatre for empowerment and education.
Ripley is among 15 young Americans chosen by the Luce Scholars Program each year. Luce Scholars are provided with a stipend and a cost of living and housing allowance. The Luce Program also funds intensive language study for the country where the scholar is placed. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.
Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field. The program is unique in that it is intended for young leaders who have no prior experience with Asia. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.