Scholarships

Scholarships for First-Year Students

Clark Merit Scholarships

Clark University has several different merit- and achievement-based scholarships, outlined below. Every 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.

Traina 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.

Eligible students will receive an $80,000, four-year award ($20,000 per year), regardless of their family’s financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.

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 $60,000 four-year award ($15,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.

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 $40,000 four-year award ($10,000 per year), regardless of their family’s financial need, provided year-to-year continuation requirements are met.

U.S. citizens/permanent residents who reside overseas and will complete their entire secondary school education outside the U.S. are eligible for consideration.

Learn more about the Global Scholars Program

The Presidential LEEP Scholarship is for ambitious first-year applicants whose high school records place them at the top of Clark’s applicant pool. You could benefit from everything Clark has to offer—at no cost for tuition, on-campus room or board. Think you have what it takes to be a Presidential LEEP Scholar?

Learn more

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Clark University’s commitment to community service is embodied in our motto.

“Challenge Convention. Change Our World.”

To support those efforts, Clark University, beginning with the 2018/2019 academic year, will match your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award dollar for dollar to any full-time undergraduate day student admitted into a degree program at the University.

To access your Segal AmeriCorp Education Award and University match award:

  • Log into your Segal AmeriCorp Portal, choose the Education award and enter Clark University as the certifying institution
  • Our Office will receive notification from AmeriCorp requesting certification of your enrollment
  • Once certified your AmeriCorp Award and the match will be added to your financial aid award

Please remember you will need to do this each semester that you wish to use the education award. Renewal of the scholarship and matching award from semester to semester will be in accordance with the University scholarship guidelines and the student’s continued eligibility for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award


Private Scholarships

There are many resources available to you independent of Clark University and the federal/state processes. Local organizations as well as statewide and national organizations have funds available for students who meet their criteria. The hardest part can be locating these opportunities. This page provides some useful information when conducting a search for 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 the following things that can potentially make the search a waste of time and a potential headache for you:

  • There is a charge for the service being provided. Scholarships are meant to help students and if you are paying for the service you may want to skip it altogether.
  • No essay is required. If you are only providing personal information and no other information is required it could mean this is an organization looking to sell the information. Never provide your social security number or other sensitive information unless you know the scholarship is from a legitimate source.

IMPORTANT: All sources of private student financial aid need to be reported to the Clark University Office of Financial Assistance in writing. Private scholarships are considered part of your aid package and will be applied first to unmet financial need, then to replace loans and/or work study, and if necessary, to reduce institutional grants. Scholarships from non-meritorious sources, such as a parent’s employer, will reduce the Clark grant dollar for dollar.

Scholarship Source How to Start Additional Information/Tips
Your High School Ask teachers, guidance counselors, school librarian if there are any school sponsored scholarships. Start early! No need to wait until your senior year.
Your Parents’ Employer Ask your parent(s) if there are any scholarship opportunities provided through their employer. If they are unsure call their Human Resources department for more information. In many cases parents may be unaware that their company offers a scholarship. Ask for a contact or call the HR office directly and let them know you are a child of an employee and you would like to know if there are any scholarships for college available to you.
Your Current Employer Ask your employer if the company offers any scholarships for graduating high school students. Your after school job can offer you more than just spending money. You may be eligible for private scholarships without even knowing it!
Your Place of Worship Ask the office staff or leadership about any scholarship possibilities or assistance with college expenses. Fundraiser events may be allowed if a scholarship is not already in place.
Service Club (Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, YMCA/YWCA) Ask your local branch or national office about scholarships. Fundraiser events may be allowed if a scholarship is not already in place.

Scholarship Search Engines to Consider:

Current Clark students have received scholarships from the following organizations: