Transformation Fund for Leadership Education Launched by Foundation

New York, N.Y. The Transformation Fund of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation offers individuals anywhere in the world the opportunity to introduce themselves to Transformational Education. Specifically, to be granted post-deposit tuition for transformational learning in exchange for 40 hours of community service with a local charity. The fund was created by foundation Board member Dr. Thomas Bowers.


Tom explains, “The purpose of the Transformation Fund, an endowed fund of, is to provide scholarships to individuals who wish to change the trajectory of their lives through transformational education, available on a needs basis.

The foundation will accept 40 volunteer hours from any accredited non-profit institution with a letter from that institution, in English or with certified translation, submitted with the application.


Transformative learning theory says that the process of “perspective transformation” has three dimensions: psychological (changes in understanding of the self), convictional (revision of belief systems), and behavioral (changes in lifestyle).


Perspective transformation, leading to transformative learning, occurs infrequently. Jack Mezirow believes that it usually results from a “disorienting dilemma” which is triggered by a life crisis or major life transition. Less dramatic predicaments, such as those created by a teacher, also promote transformation.

An important part of transformative learning is for individuals to change their frames of reference by critically reflecting on their assumptions and beliefs and consciously making and implementing plans that bring about new ways of defining their worlds. This process is fundamentally rational and analytical.


Transformative learning theory started in the 1970’s. A defining condition of being human is that one has to understand the meaning of our own experiences. For some, any uncritically assimilated explanation by an authority figure will suffice.

In contemporary societies we must learn to make our own interpretations rather than act on the purposes, beliefs, judgments, and feelings of others. Facilitating such understandings is the cardinal goal of adult education. Transformative learning develops autonomous thinking.

Jack stated that the steps to gain this transformative perspective are as follows:

  1. Disorienting dilemma
  2. Self-examination
  3. Sense of alienation
  4. Relating discontent to others
  5. Explaining options of new behavior
  6. Building confidence in new ways
  7. Planning a course of action
  8. Knowledge to implement plans
  9. Experimenting with new roles
  10. Reintegration.


Edmund O’Sullivan has put forward a similar definition of transformative learning:

Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters our way of being in the world.

Such a shift involves our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations; our relationships with other humans and with the natural world; our understanding of relations of power in interlocking structures of class, race and gender; our body awareness, our visions of alternative approaches to living; and our sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy.


Another J. Luce Foundation board member, Nate Land, commented, “Transformational education has profoundly changed my life and I am delighted that our foundation will make this invaluable experience available to others.”

Lam Nguyen, an Advisor to the Foundation’s Toastmasters’ Club focused on effective communication for its Young Global Leaders, enthusiastically commented “This education is everything to me. My whole life is no longer the same.”

The J. Luce Foundation’s Transformation Fund scholarship application for tuition assistance may be found online here (


The Fund intends to raise one million dollars between now and 2024, generating an estimated $50,000 annually for scholarships around the world in perpetuity. These funds would enable one hundred individuals, the majority young global leaders, to begin Transformational Education around the world each year on a full scholarship.

The fund was created by Board member Dr. Thomas Bowers and approved by the Board of Directors of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. of New York, N.Y. on January 31, 2019.

979a6050e71a8bddf1e03a6a29c3e4403abb3405Dr. Thomas (Tom) Bowers serves on the Board of Directors for both the Twelve Gates
Foundation which promotes interfaith harmony and cooperation and The J. Luce
Foundation, supporting young global leadership. He is an active member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and holds a Ph.D. in education from Columbia University.

Tax-deductible contributions from those dedicated to Transformational Learning may be made on line here ( Checks may also be sent to The J. Luce Foundation, payable to The J. Luce Foundation, memo: Transformation Fund, at 540 Main Street #418, New York, N.Y. 10044 USA.

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