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If you are a U.S. college student transferring to Clark University, you could be eligible for scholarships to help pay for the cost of your undergraduate education.

Scholarships are offered by Clark 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 from the United States and you are transferring to Clark, in most cases you will be considered automatically for Clark’s merit scholarships for transfer students.

Top consideration for Clark’s merit scholarships goes to admitted students who have excelled in secondary school and college and whose academic achievement and personal qualities indicate they will perform at the highest level when they enroll at the University.

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’s financial 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.
  • To be considered, you must be transferring to Clark from any two- or four-year institution.
  • If you have not completed a full year of college credit, your high school record also will be considered.
  • You must have submitted your Clark admission application with all supporting credentials by the transfer application deadline.

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.

Beginning with the 2018/2019 award year Clark matches your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award dollar for dollar.

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

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, 1-508-793-7478.

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.

You may be eligible for scholarships from:

  • 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:

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.
Contact Information

Office of Financial Assistance

Mailing Address
  • Clark University
    Office of Financial Assistance
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7478
  • 1-508-793-8802 (Fax)
  • finaid[at]clarku[dot]edu
Office Hours
  • Monday – Friday

    8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.