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Clark Scholarships for Neighborhood Students

For more than two decades, Clark University has offered the University Park Partnership Scholarship to any eligible resident of Worcester who has lived in the University Park neighborhood for at least five years prior to enrolling at Clark. The scholarship provides free tuition for four years.

Students must meet Clark’s admissions guidelines and complete applications for federal and state scholarship grant programs. After any grants are awarded, Clark will make up the difference up to 100 percent tuition.

Questions and Answers about the University Park Partnership Scholarship

The University Park Partnership is a collaborative effort among government, private business, neighborhood residents, and religious organizations to improve the quality of life in the Main South neighborhood. As part of its commitment to UPP, Clark University has contributed its greatest resource — a world-class education — as an encouragement to residents to pursue advanced learning.

Any resident is eligible who has lived in the designated target neighborhood, as a homeowner or a tenant, for at least five years prior to enrolling in Clark. Applicants must meet the same admissions standards as any other admitted student.

The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Park Avenue, May and Gardner streets, Beaver and Freeland streets and the Conrail tracks.


You must be a full-time undergraduate student. School of Professional Studies (evening courses), the Graduate School of Management, and the graduate school are not included in the program. Full time is defined as three or four courses per semester.

It is expected that after attending the University as a full-time undergraduate day student for eight semesters, students will have completed all the requirements to receive their degree. Therefore, funding through the Neighborhood Scholarship Program is limited to eight semesters. If a student must be enrolled beyond the eight semesters to earn their degree, they will not be funded by the Neighborhood Scholarship Program.

Definitely — although you still must meet Clark’s admission requirements. To earn a bachelor’s degree at Clark, a student must pursue at least one-half the total number of course units for the degree and at least one half the total number of course units taken for fulfillment of a major in a Clark program. Students may transfer no more than 16 units of course credit. Contact the Admissions Office for full details.

The Admissions Office is always willing to talk to candidates about their situation. Clark’s normal admissions requirements include grades in the B range in college-preparatory classes in high school and involvement in extracurricular activities. You may submit SAT scores, but we are a test-optional college. Candidates who do not meet these requirements could be asked to show they can successfully navigate the rigors of college-level work by attending another college for one or two semesters before entering Clark.

You must remain a student in good standing at Clark. All students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or risk being placed on academic probation.

Yes, the scholarship renews as long as you remain a student in good standing and, before each academic year, you provide required documentation that you continue to be a resident of the designated target neighborhood and apply for financial aid.

The scholarship covers tuition only. Room and board, students fees, health insurance, books, and spending money are all the responsibility of the student.

Contact Lisa Gillingham at 508-793-7614.

University Park Area

Street Name Street Name
Agawam Street Albert Street
Beaver Street Birch Street
Charlotte Street Cheney Street
Claremont Square Claremont Street
Clement Street Clifton Street
Cristy Street Crystal Street
Downing Street Florence Street
Gardner Terrace Gates Street
Hancock Street Hathaway Street
Hawthorne Street Illinois Street
Irene Street Loudon Street
Lucian Street Marble Street
Maywood Place Norwood Street
Oberlin Street Oliver Street
Pembroke Street Richards Street
Shirley Street Silver Street
West Oberlin Street Woodbine Street
Woodland Parkway Wyman Street


Street Name Street Numbers
Dewey Street 168 – 226; 155 – 223
Freeland Street Odd Numbers
Gardner Street Even Numbers
Grand Street To number 95
Hollis Street 23 – Higher
Hollywood Street 38 – Higher
Main Street 986 – 1044 Even Numbers
898 – 986 All Numbers
848 – 898 Even Numbers
May Street 1 – 69 Odd Numbers
Maywood Street 23 – 75
Park Avenue 415 – 561 Odd Numbers
Woodland Street 64 – Higher