Office of Financial Assistance

Financial Aid and Financial Assistance

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.


Presidential Scholarship

$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.


Traina Scholarship

$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.


Achievement Scholarship

$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

$5,000-$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 $20,000 – $30,000, four-year award ($5,000 – $10,000 per year), regardless of their family's financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.


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.