What is the Global Scholars Program?
The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a special program for incoming international students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their home communities before attending Clark. Global scholars receive guidance and opportunities to build on their leadership skills so they can make a difference at Clark, in the Worcester area, and in the global community. Global Scholars are paired with an administrator, peer, or alumni mentor who assist them throughout their time at Clark. GSP participants will receive a scholarship of between $5,000 and $25,000 per year (contingent upon meeting academic standards for renewal) and are eligible to receive a $2,500 stipend to pursue and approved project of their own initiative during the summer after their junior year at Clark.
What are the Global Scholars Doing?
Each year the Global Scholars Program Student Coordinator works with the Global Scholars to come up with events and activities that have meaning and make a difference at Clark and in the Worcester community. Some activities we have done in the past are:
Each fall the Global Scholars who participated in research or internships over the summer present their work to other students, faculty and staff. They have also presented discussion panels regarding issues of global significance. Some topics covered have been humantrafficking, illegal arms trade, HIV/AIDS, and gang violence.
Community Service includes participation in Just Do It Day, clothing drives, a benefit concert for the Worcester County Foodbank, cultural presentations to the Girl Scouts, fundraising global game night to benefit a local African community and a TedX event.
Global Scholar Program Participation Requirements
Each Global Scholar is paired up with a peer GSP mentor and an administrative mentor. These individuals will help Global Scholars adjust to life at Clark and assist them throughout their time at Clark. Students must meet with their administrative mentors at least once a month.
Global Scholars are required to attend monthly meetings led by the GSP Student Coordinator. If a student cannot attend the meeting due to a class conflict he/she must contact Patricia Doherty in advance.
Each Global Scholar is required to complete community service throughout the year. During the 2015/2016 academic year, Global Scholars will be volunteering in a variety of ways at Clark and in the Worcester community. Each Global Scholar has selected one of the following three projects to work on for his or her Community Service Project:
- Clark University at a Glimpse
- Food for Change
- International Awareness
Global Scholars are expected to maintain both an annual GPA of at least a 3.0. Failure to do so may result in a decrease or loss of Global Scholar scholarship.
If any of the above requirements are not met, the Global Scholar may be placed on probation and/or have a reduction or loss of scholarship.