Scholarships for First-Year International Students

If you are an international high school student, you could be eligible for scholarships to help pay for the cost of your undergraduate education at Clark University.

Scholarships are offered by Clark and many other organizations. 

Your eligibility for scholarships depends on your academic accomplishments, in addition to other factors.


Clark merit scholarships

If you are an international student applying to your first year of undergraduate study at Clark University, you could be eligible for merit scholarships offered by the University.

When you send in your admissions application, you will be considered automatically for several merit scholarships. Our Presidential LEEP Scholarship and Global Scholars Program Scholarship require separate applications; however, the rest of our merit scholarships do not.

Your eligibility for scholarships depends on your academic achievement (those indicated on your application for admission), not on your family need. However, international students who may qualify for scholarships are still expected to demonstrate the ability to cover a significant percentage of the cost of their education. This includes students who wish to be considered for the Presidential LEEP Scholarship or the Global Scholars Program. On average, international students at Clark pay $25,000 to $30,000 per year.

If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you will be notified when you receive your admissions decision.

Below are the merit scholarships offered to entering first-year international students at Clark University. Note: The deadlines below are for students applying for fall 2017.


Traina Scholarship

  • Awarded to exceptional incoming students who have proven through work in high school, as well as overall application strength, that they are ready to perform at the highest level when they enroll at Clark.
  • $80,000, four-year award ($20,000 per year), regardless of a family's financial need.
  • Does not require a separate scholarship application.
  • To maintain the scholarship, a student must meet year-to-year continuation requirements; these requirements are included with the student's admissions and awards letter.

Achievement Scholarship

  • Awarded to accomplished incoming students who have demonstrated very strong academic potential through work in high school and overall application strength.
  • $60,000, four-year award ($15,000 per year), regardless of a family's financial need.
  • Does not require a separate scholarship application.
  • To maintain the scholarship, a student must meet year-to-year continuation requirements; these requirements are included with the student's admissions and awards letter.

Jonas Clark Scholarship

  • Awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated good academic potential through work in high school and overall application strength.
  • $40,000, four-year award ($10,000 per year), regardless of a family's financial need.
  • Does not require a separate scholarship application.
  • To maintain the scholarship, a student must meet year-to-year continuation requirements; these requirements are included with the student's admissions and awards letter.

Presidential LEEP Scholarships

  • Awarded to approximately five students each year, the Presidential LEEP Scholarship is a prestigious award for students whose academic record and leadership potential places them at the very top of Clark’s applicant pool.
  • Full tuition, room and board for all four years, regardless of a family’s financial need
  • Requires two additional scholarship essays, due Feb. 1, 2017, for Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision applicants (available only to students entering in the fall semester).
  • To maintain the scholarship, a student must meet year-to-year continuation requirements; these requirements are included with the student’s admission and awards letter.

How to apply

If you are interested in the Presidential LEEP Scholarship, simply check that option when you fill out the Common Application (available after Aug. 1, 2016).

You’ll then receive detailed information — including the topics of the two short essays — on how to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for submitting the essays is Feb. 1, 2017, for Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates.

Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of February, and finalist interviews will be conducted in March.

The Admissions Committee chooses finalists based on the strength of their applications for admission and other criteria identified by the committee. Last year, the committee reviewed more than 450 scholarship applications from the U.S. and around the world before inviting 15 finalists for interviews; of those 15, five were awarded the scholarship and became members of the incoming class. Typically, one or two international students receive this award each year.


Global Scholars Program Scholarships

The Global Scholars Program builds on Clark University's long-standing commitment to provide a challenging education with a global focus.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year applicant (not a transfer student) who has attended school overseas for at least four years. Clark also will consider international citizens attending school in the United States.

You also should have demonstrated the potential to provide leadership in your community and the world and to commit to making a difference.

If your financial need is greater than the amount of the Global Scholars award, you may be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 in need-based financial aid.

How to apply

If you are interested in the Global Scholars Program, simply check that option when you fill out the Common Application (available after Aug. 1, 2016).

You’ll then receive detailed information — including the topic of the short essay — on how to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for submitting the essay is Feb. 1, 2017, for Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates.

What you can expect

If admitted to the Global Scholars Program, you will:

  • Receive a scholarship of $15,000 to $25,000 per year (for four years, contingent upon meeting academic standards for renewal).
  • Receive a guaranteed $2,500 taxable stipend for a paid internship or research assistantship taken for academic credit during the summer following your sophomore or junior year.
  • Participate in the Global Scholars Mentor Program, including a semi-annual dinner hosted by the president of Clark University. You will be assigned to a faculty adviser, and receive guidance from staff or alumni leadership mentors.

For more information

For more information on the program and to view profiles of current Global Scholars, please visit the International Students and Scholars Office.


Private scholarships

As an international student, you may be eligible for additional scholarships offered by local, statewide and national organizations.

Below are possible sources and ideas for finding private scholarships. 

If you do receive a private scholarship, you must inform the Clark University Office of Financial Assistance in writing. Private scholarships are considered part of your aid package.

Sources of private scholarships

You may be eligible for scholarships from:

  • Your high school teachers, guidance counselors and school librarians: Ask them if there are any school-sponsored scholarships.
  • Your parents' employers: Ask your parent(s) if there are any scholarship opportunities provided through their employer(s); if they are unsure, you or they should call their human resources department for more information.
  • Your current employer: Ask your employer if the company offers any scholarships for graduating high school students.
  • Your place of worship: Ask the office staff or leadership about any scholarship possibilities or assistance with college expenses; private fundraiser events may be allowed if a scholarship is not already in place.

Online resources

There are numerous online resources for identifying private scholarships. As with any online search you want to be careful to avoid anything that may be a scam. You may want to watch out for these “red flags”:

  • The online service charges a fee. Scholarships are meant to help students, and if you are paying for the service, you may want to skip it altogether.
  • An organization does not require an essay. If you are only providing personal information, and no other information is required, it could mean that this organization is looking to sell your information.
  • An online service or organization asks for sensitive information. Never provide your Social Security number or other sensitive information unless you know the scholarship is from a legitimate source.

SALT Scholarship Search

SALT Scholarship Search was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to help Clark University students and alumni become more financially savvy. Clark provides this membership, allowing you to receive all services free of charge. SALT can help you better manage your finances and become an educated student loan borrower.

SALT provides:

  • Valuable information about managing debt and your student loans.
  • Search tools to help you locate private scholarships. You can search more than 2.4 million awards worth more than $14 billion; download tools and customize your application request letters; and receive email updates to find out about scholarship programs, tips and news.

If you are already registered with SALT, just log in to get started in your search. If you are not registered yet, then register now.

With your registration, you can view a few of our favorite SALT scholarship links: 

Additional online scholarship searches

Here are additional online scholarship searches that might help you: