The Clark Engineering Scholars program was established in January 2011 with a generous gift from the late Mr. A. James Clark, Eng.D. '10, former chairman of the board and CEO of Clark Enterprises, Inc. In 2017, the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation doubled the program’s endowment with an additional $8 million gift. The program seeks engineering students with leadership skills and a keen interest in the engineering profession. Each student selected as a Clark Scholar will be awarded an annual need- and merit-based scholarship, renewable each year based on academic performance and participation in the program.
To be eligible for the program, students must have a GPA of 3.3 or greater and be:
- In their first year of college
- Majoring in a BS degree program within SEAS
- Enrolled full-time
- A US citizen
Students will be selected based on their:
- Financial need
- Academic performance
- Engagement in engineering
- Leadership skills
Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in January 2019.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel of faculty, practicing engineers, alumni, and current Clark Scholars. The panel may solicit additional input. Based on the application materials submitted, the panel will select finalists who will then be required to appear for an interview before the selection panel. The final selection of new Clark Scholars will be based on both the interviews and the students' applications.
The selected Clark Scholars will be required to attend a leadership boot camp, scheduled for late August 2019, and must participate in internships, study-abroad, and regularly scheduled seminars. Additionally, scholars will be required to complete a business or management course and take part in community service. The scholarship awarded to each Clark Scholar is renewable annually subject to academic performance and participation in the program.