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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.
The scholarship amounts and descriptions below will be in effect for students starting in Fall 2023.
Awarded to incoming students who have shown a tireless commitment to leadership, scholarship, and community. One of Clark’s top-level scholarships and honors, the Traina Scholarship is named after the late Richard P. Traina, the former University President who saw a better world was possible through listening, learning, and connecting.
Eligible students will receive a $112,000 four-year award ($28,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need.
Awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated strong academic potential to achieve in and out of the classroom on projects of meaning. Named after Robert H. Goddard—Clark graduate and faculty member and the founder of modern rocketry—whose bold approach to learning envisioned and anticipated a world that did not yet exist.
Eligible students will receive a $104,000 four-year award ($26,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need.
Awarded to incoming students who have shown potential to challenge convention and change the world. Named after our founder, Jonas Clark, who aspired to champion an educational model that would create freethinking and bold students and citizens of the world.
Eligible students will receive a $84,000 four-year award ($21,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need.
Awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated remarkable devotion to their academics or community endeavors. Named for Clark’s school color, Scarlet — a bold color traditionally associated with courage and passion.
Eligible students will receive a $64,000 four-year award ($16,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need.
Awarded to incoming students who show promise in creativity, research, and the life of the mind. Named for the year Jonas Clark founded Clark University as one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States, with special interest in research in the field of psychology.
Eligible students will receive a $52,000 four-year award ($13,000 per year) regardless of their family’s financial need.
If you are interested in the Presidential Scholarship, simply check that option when you fill out the Common Application or Coalition Application with Scoir (available Aug. 1).
You’ll then receive detailed information — including the topics of the two short essays — on how to apply for the scholarship. The final deadline for submitting the essays is Feb. 1, for Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates.
Students will be notified in March if they have been selected for an interview.
The Admissions Committee chooses finalists based on the strength of their applications for admission and other criteria identified by the committee. Last year, the committee reviewed more than 450 scholarship applications from the U.S. and around the world before inviting 15 finalists for interviews; of those 15, five were awarded the scholarship and became members of the incoming class.
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:
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
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:
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 Search Engines to Consider:
Current Clark students have received scholarships from the following organizations:
Clark University
Office of Financial Assistance
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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