Scholarships for First-Year U.S. Students

If you are a U.S. 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 University and many local, state and national organizations. Scholarships may or may not be tied to your financial need.

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


Clark merit scholarships

If you are a high school student, and you have applied to Clark University, you will be considered automatically for most of the university's merit scholarships. Our Presidential LEEP Scholarship and Global Scholars Program Scholarship require separate applications. However, the rest of our merit scholarships do not.

Approximately 60 percent of our undergraduate students receive merit awards from the university.

Top consideration for these awards goes to admitted students who have excelled in secondary school and whose academic achievement and personal qualities indicate they will perform at the highest level when they enroll at Clark.

Keep in mind that:

  • Decisions about which scholarship, if any, you will receive will be based on your academic qualifications (those indicated on your application for admission), not on your family need.
  • If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you will be notified when you receive your admissions decision.
  • If you receive a scholarship, but your financial need is greater than the amount of your scholarship, you may be eligible for additional assistance through a combination of grants, loans and work-study. Read more about need-based financial aid.

Below are the merit scholarships offered to entering first-year students at Clark University. Note: All deadlines have passed for students applying to enter Clark in fall 2016; the deadlines below are for students applying for fall 2017.


*Presidential LEEP Scholarships

Clark University's Presidential LEEP Scholars Program is part of the University's pioneering model of education, Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), which combines a robust liberal arts experience with authentic engagement in the world and workplace.

You are an ideal candidate for the Presidential LEEP Scholarship if your high school record places you at the top of Clark University's applicant pool, and you demonstrate a strong desire to:

  • Pursue a demanding academic schedule.
  • Collaborate with peers and professors.
  • Meet ambitious career and life goals.
  • Join a community of scholars with a strong commitment to global change.
  • Tackle complex challenges at home and abroad.

Deadlines to apply

  • Early Action deadline: Nov. 1, 2016
  • Early Decision deadline: Nov. 1, 2016
  • Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
  • Essay deadline for Early Decision and Regular Decision: Feb. 1, 2017
*The Presidential LEEP Scholarship is only available to students applying for the fall semester.

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 two short essays — on how to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for submitting the essays is Feb. 1, 2017, for both 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. 

What you can expect

You'll have the resources and opportunities to explore your interests in depth. You'll take control of your education, connect with pioneers in their fields and develop skills to drive tomorrow's innovations.

More specifically, you'll receive these benefits:

  • Free tuition, room and board for four years: Your annual scholarship renewal would be contingent on your maintaining a strong academic record at Clark for each of your four years as an undergraduate.
  • A free master's degree, if applicable: If you're interested — and you meet certain eligibility requirements for Clark's Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program — you can complete a master's degree as a fifth-year student, completely tuition-free.
  • A significant, funded research project: Before graduation, you'll complete a LEEP Project, demonstrating mastery of the five LEEP learning outcomes, including the ability to integrate skills and knowledge and to solve complex problems through creative thinking, collaboration and persistence. You'll receive stipends to complete your LEEP Project.
  • A circle of support: At Clark, you'll be surrounded by people eager to help you apply your talents, including faculty, alumni, career advisers and business and community leaders. With the guidance and mentorship of experts, you'll design an ambitious academic track that includes interdisciplinary courses, internships, research projects and study abroad experiences.
  • Transformative internship experiences: You'll work in Communities of Effective Practice — multigenerational, interdisciplinary groups — on a particular task or topic, such as assisting in consultations with local entrepreneurs, helping analyze the results of a psychology study or collecting field-based data on climate change.
  • A community that cares about the world: Clark graduates are known for changing the lives of others. You'll collaborate with and be inspired by students, faculty, administrators, alumni and industry professionals who are as passionate as you are about creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

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 additional need-based financial aid.

Deadlines to apply

What you can expect

If admitted to the Global Scholars Program, you will:

  • Receive a scholarship of no less than $15,000 per year ($60,000 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.


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.

Segal Americorps Scholarship

The Segal Americorps Scholarship reinforces Clark University's commitment to community service as embodied in its motto "Challenge Convention. Change Our World."

To be eligible, you should be a recipient of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and a full-time undergraduate day student admitted into a degree program at Clark.

Clark matches your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award by providing you with the scholarship.

If you are eligible for any other scholarship award at the University, your matching award will be blended with the other scholarship award.

Renewal of your scholarship from year to year will be in accordance with University scholarship guidelines and your continued eligibility for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.


Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Clark University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) portion of the Post-9/11 Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The YRP is a partnership between the University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist eligible students with tuition expenses. 

Questions about VA education programs or your eligibility?
Please contact the VA at 1-888-GIBILL1 or visit the VA website.

Questions about Clark's certification process?
Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance, 508-793-7478.


Tution Exchange Scholarship

Clark University is a member of the nationwide Tuition Exchange program, which serves current faculty and staff employed at participating institutions.

Member colleges and universities set their own policies and procedures for determining a student's eligibility. For instance, Clark can determine how many and which students from other universities to accept each year, and vice versa.

If you wish to learn about your eligibility for acceptance at Clark through the Tuition Exchange program, you must work with the Tuition Exchange liaison officer at your parent's institution.

Learn more about the specifics of the nationwide Tuition Exchange Program.


Private scholarships

To cover your educational expenses, you first may look to federal and state aid, as well as Clark University's merit scholarships. However, 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. They will first cover your unmet financial needs, then replace loans and/or work-study and, if necessary, reduce any institutional grants.

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.
  • Service clubs (Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, YMCA/YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc.): Ask your local branch or national office about scholarships; private fundraiser events may be allowed if a scholarship is not already in place.

For example, current Clark students have received scholarships from the following organizations:

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: