Scholarships for First-Year U.S. Students
Clark Merit Scholarships
Clark University has several different merit- and achievement-based scholarships, outlined below. Every domestic applicant to Clark will be considered for these scholarships. No separate application is required, except where noted.
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 the University will be given top consideration for these awards. Decisions about which scholarship, if any, an admitted student will receive are based on academic qualifications as indicated in their application for admission, not on family need. Students who are awarded a merit-based scholarship will be notified of this when they receive their admissions decision. Approximately 60% of our students receive merit-based awards.
Students whose financial need is greater than the amount of the scholarship may be eligible for additional assistance through a combination of grants, loans and work-study. Information about need-based financial aid.
$18,000 | Merit-based
Presidential Scholarships are awarded to exceptional incoming students who have proven through their work in high school, and overall application assessment, that they are ready to perform at the highest level when they enroll at the University. These scholarship awards are given in honor of distinguished scholars and teachers whose impact in the sciences and social sciences at Clark University—and beyond—have challenged the conventions of their times.
Eligible students will receive a $72,000 four-year award ($18,000 per year) regardless of their family's financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.
$18,000 | Merit-based for students studying the sciences
Traina Scholarships are awarded to exceptional incoming students who have stated their intention to pursue a degree in the sciences and have proven that they are ready to perform at the highest level when they enroll at the University, through their work in high school and overall application assessment. In addition to the scholarship, Traina Scholars will also receive a $3,000 taxable summer stipend, as well as housing for students who choose to do research in the sciences on campus following their junior year.
Eligible students will receive a $72,000, four-year award ($18,000 per year), regardless of their family's financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.
$12,000 | Merit-based
Achievement Scholarships are awarded to accomplished incoming students who have demonstrated very strong academic potential through their work in high school and overall application assessment.
Eligible students will receive a $48,000 four-year award ($12,000 per year) regardless of their family's financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.
Jonas Clark Scholarship
$7,000-$10,000 | Merit-based
Jonas Clark Scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated good academic potential through their work in high school and and overall application assessment.
Eligible students will receive a $28,000 – $30,000, four-year award ($7,000 – $10,000 per year), regardless of their family's financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.
Making a Difference Scholarship
$15,000 | Academic performance and community service involvement
The Making a Difference Scholarship is awarded to domestic applicants who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to social change. Past winners have been involved with community service organizations, political action groups, human rights campaigns and for-profit and nonprofit social entrepreneurship. Clark recognizes that change agents come from all backgrounds and offer a wide variety of valuable and compelling perspectives. The thread that links scholarship recipients together is their dedication to using their talents and energy to make a difference. Read about some of the activities of past Making a Difference Scholars.
Applicants who would like to be considered for the Making a Difference Scholarship must apply by indicating this interest on the Application Supplement and attaching an additional essay enumerating their accomplishments.
Global Scholars Program Scholarship
U.S. citizens/permanent residents who reside overseas and will complete their entire secondary school education outside the U.S. are eligible. Learn more about the Global Scholars Program.
Segal Americorps Scholarship
For recipients of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
Clark University will match the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award by providing a scholarship to any full-time undergraduate day student admitted into a degree program at the University. If a student is eligible for any other scholarship award at the University the matching award will be blended with the other scholarship award. Renewal of the scholarship from year to year will be in accordance with University scholarship guidelines and the student's continued eligibility for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
Clark University's commitment to community service is embodied in its motto "Challenge Convention. Change Our World." It is a commitment demonstrated on a daily basis by the work the Clark community does with our Worcester neighborhood, by the service-related internships available to our students both locally and in overseas study abroad settings, by the annual TREK program that focuses on rebuilding homes in New Orleans, and by Clark's liberal arts curriculum that focuses on ensuring that our students make a difference in their communities and in the world, regardless of their fields of study or their career choices.
Tuition Exchange Scholarship
For members of faculty and staff families employed at participating institutions.
Tuition Exchange is an association of colleges and universities offering scholarships to members of faculty and staff families employed at participating institutions. Clark University is a participating member in the Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program.
Member colleges and universities set their own policies and procedures for determining eligibility and sponsoring (certifying) students sent on the exchange, as well as determining the requirements for students received or hosted. If you are interested in participating in the program and need information about your eligibility it is important to work with the TuitionExchange Liaison Officer at your home institution who has been appointed to facilitate exchange matters.
Learn more about the specifics of the Clark University Tuition Exchange Program.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Office of Financial Assistance at Clark University is pleased to announce our participation 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 Veterans’ Administration (VA) to assist eligible students with tuition expenses. For more information on this program, please visit the VA website.
Student eligibility for this and all VA Education Benefit Programs is determined by the VA. To determine if you are eligible, please contact the VA at: 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). In general, individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months.
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
- You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
- You are making satisfactory academic progress as defined by Clark University.
- You are enrolled full time or part time.
To apply for this or any VA education benefit, visit the VA website and complete the application form 22-1990; the VA will respond by sending you a Certificate of Eligibility explaining the program(s) for which you are eligible. Forward this certificate of eligibility, along with a copy of the online benefits application form, a copy of your DD-214, and a note indicating the program for which you are applying to:
Office of Financial Assistance
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
You will receive notification via your Clark University email address when the benefit has been certified.
If you have questions about VA education programs or your eligibility for these programs, please contact the VA at: 1-888-GIBILL1. If you have questions about Clark’s certification process, please the Office of Financial Assistance at: 508-793-7478.