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Clark Foundation Congratulates Class of 2022-23 Graduating Clark Scholars: The Engineers of the Future

May 30, 2023

Bethesda, Maryland — The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation celebrates the 100 A. James Clark Scholars who graduated this year from Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech. 

Each year, the Foundation’s Clark Scholars Program partners with 11 top-tier universities to provide scholarships, mentorships, and guidance for underrepresented engineering students. The program demonstrates students can succeed in rigorous programs with targeted support. 

The exceptional students chosen for the Clark Scholars Program have completed a rigorous engineering program and business courses at their respective universities. Alongside their studies, they have participated in activities to elevate their leadership and community-building skills. All Clark Scholars receive the resources and support they need to excel. 

The Clark Scholars Program ensures that, regardless of financial need, the next generation of engineering leaders is equipped with the finest education and the mentorship that will fuel their success. This was a lifelong passion of the Clark Scholars namesake, A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman, and philanthropist.  

“Every year, I am honored to watch the Clark Scholars graduate and embark on a new, exciting adventure,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “I know my father’s legacy of opportunity and leadership will be carried on by these talented young people. I wish all the graduates a successful future and look forward to their future involvement as Clark Scholars alumni.” 

Through the Foundation’s $165 million investment in its signature academic program, the endowed scholarships will support more than 475 students annually in perpetuity at 11 of the nation’s top engineering institutions. The Clark Foundation recognizes that our success as a nation depends on us equipping the best and brightest minds with the tools and knowledge to solve our biggest problems. 

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here.

Clark Scholars Class of December 2022 and May 2023

Duke University
Himani Bhat, Civil Engineering
Devin Ellis, Mechanical Engineering
Alexa Goble, Risk, Data, and Financial Engineering
Gloria Odenyo, Civil Engineering
Marcus Ortiz, Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
Jessica Wey, Civil Engineering – Environmental Track, with Certificate in Architectural Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
MacKenzie Sicard, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Simrill (Nina) Smith, Environmental Engineering
Sidney Winfield, Aerospace Engineering
Victoria Lynn, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fatima Sheriff, Mechanical Engineering
Sierra Villarreal, Environmental Engineering
Huong Ho, Industrial and Systems Engineering
John Igieobo, Computer Engineering
George Washington University
Connor Burnett, Computer Science
Lauren Hahn, Computer Science
Victoria Hennemann, Computer Science
Davis Hundt, Civil Engineering
Meilian Kurlas, Biomedical Engineering
Christopher Lemkan, Civil Engineering
Arielle Maignan, Biomedical Science
Adam Poche, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Ryan, Biomedical Engineering
Kevish Shah, Civil Engineering
Jenna Pressman, Biomedical Engineering
John Hopkins University
Danbi Rhee, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Marc Helou, Computer Science
Tyler Shin, Computer Science
Adriana Pena, Environmental Engineering
Alexander Rovalino, Biomedical Engineering
Kathy Cao, Mechanical Engineering
Nyeli Kratz, Biomedical Engineering
Ricky Cheng, Computer Science
Will Rong, Materials Science & Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology
Christian Szablewski-Paz, Computer Science
Michael Botros, Mechanical Engineering
Caroline Corr, Biomedical Engineering
Adrian Garcia, Software Engineering
William Martin, Software Engineering
Vaughn Rice, Biomedical Engineering
Lily Stevenson, Civil Engineering
Sophia Turci, Chemical Engineering
Skyler Doherty, Mechanical Engineering
Susan George, Biomedical Engineering
Vanessa Huerta, Chemical Engineering
Kelcie Keenan, Mechanical Engineering
Vijay Persaud, Chemical Engineering
Leah Villanueva, Mechanical Engineering
Samantha Weckesser, Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Maryland
Amaya Caggino, Mechanical Engineering
Amy Suk, Mechanical Engineering; Global Engineering Leadership/General Business
Sterling Mead, Mechanical Engineering; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jwoyal Ranjit, Aerospace Engineering; Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Kristen Yee, Mechanical Engineering
Miranda Pierce, Civil Engineering; Project Management
Vinomie Galagama, Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Green, Computer Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Abudurazaq (Razaq) Aribidesi, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Abdelwahab (Aboudi) Babiker, Chemistry & Bimolecular Engineering; Chemistry (minor)
Ricky Gonzalez, Computer Science; BS: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Brendan Kim, Electrical Engineering; MS: Electrical Engineering
Fatima Koroma, Systems Science & Engineering; Mathematics (minor)
Terence Lin, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Sadek Munawar, Computer Engineering; MS: Robotics
Aisha Olapade, Applied Science – Computer Science; Urban Studies (minor); Mathematics (minor)
Jimmy Ren, Computer Science; Data Science (minor); Mathematics (minor); MS Data Science
Davis Tran, Computer Science; Engineering Entrepreneurship (minor); Mathematics (minor)
University of Virginia
Andrea Kian, Biomedical Engineering
Anne Felipe, Biomedical Engineering
Cameron Williams, Chemical Engineering
Daniel Boachie, Computer Science
David Tran, Computer Science
Emmalyn Kim, Biomedical Engineering
Gina Brown, Biomedical Engineering
Isaac Heath, Biomedical Engineering
Marina Awad, Biomedical Engineering
Samantha Nicholson, Mechanical Engineering
Sin Lin, Civil Engineering
Trenton Bilyeu, Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Rehoboth Abera, Computer Science; Cinema and Media Arts (minor)
Lorena Cruz, Engineering Science & Child Development; Engineering Management (minor)
Jack Evans, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Materials Science, Engineering Management, Computer Science (minors)
Hannah Farley, Computer Science; Engineering Management, Mathematics (minors)
Jordyn Herrington, Biomedical Engineering
Alexandra Kusio, Engineering Science
Joshua Payne, Computer Science; Engineering Management (minor)
David Perez, Computer Science; Mathematics (minor)
Jonathan Wieland, Engineering Science; Digital Fabrication (minor)
Rubin Zou, Computer Science
Virginia Tech
Kojo Akrong, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Araceli Cabrera-Otuno, Computer Engineering
Parker Henrick, Chemical Engineering
Kevin Lizarazu-Ampuero, Computer Engineering
Rodney Okyere, Computer Science
Naylle Pando, Computer Science
Long Phan, Computer Science
Nathan Stanley, Mechanical Engineering
Kien Tran, Computer Engineering
Andrew Chan, Computer Science
Carter Patterson, Building Construction

About the Clark Scholars Program

As part of our dedication to the engineers of the future, the Foundation established the A. James Clark Scholars Program. The Clark Scholars Program has been implemented at Duke University, George Washington University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. 

The program supports first-generation students and students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields that exhibit strong academic and leadership potential and have financial need. Students enrolled in the program pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering study, take at least 1-2 business classes, and participate in community service. They also attend leadership seminars and events with leaders in the field. 

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation partners with organizations to strengthen their ability to meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities they serve. In keeping with Mr. Clark’s desire to spend down within a decade and maximize the impact of this funding, the Clark Foundation established its current philanthropic model in 2016. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy in three strategic areas: educating future engineering leaders, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive. To learn more, visit: www.https:/clarkfoundationdc.org/.

Media Contact:

Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176

Clark Scholars Program Welcomes 120 New Engineering Students at 11 Universities

September 8, 2022

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation welcomes the 120 Clark Scholars who are entering its signature engineering program — the A. James Clark Scholars Program — at 11 of the nation’s top universities this fall. This brings the total enrolled Clark Scholars for the 2022-2023 school year to 457. 

“With hard work and perseverance, these students have become leaders in the classroom and in their communities. The Clark Scholars Program is more than just a scholarship. It’s a comprehensive program that provides broad academic support and life skills that help students traditionally underrepresented in the engineering field thrive in top-tier programs.  We are thrilled to welcome these incoming students as Clark Scholars and look forward to supporting their growth as future engineering leaders,” said Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO of the Clark Foundation.  

The Clark Scholars Program (CSP) opens the opportunity for promising underrepresented students to study engineering at 11 universities, and provides holistic support to enable them to succeed in the classroom and post-graduation.  

The program is endowed at each university and provides financial aid, dedicated advising from faculty and staff and support throughout the year, including a summer bridge program and research and internship opportunities. Clark Scholars form a tight-knit cohort that participate in community service projects, leadership training and business courses to supplement their engineering education. The comprehensive support reflects the values of the program’s namesake, A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman and philanthropist who believed that engineers solve the world’s most difficult problems. 

To date, the Clark Scholars Program has:  

  • Committed nearly $175 million at 11 universities in seven states and the District of Columbia. 
  • Supported 596 students of which: 
    • 46% are underrepresented in undergraduate engineering programs. Nationally, these students comprise 26% of engineering students.  
    • 50% identify as women. Nationally, 24% of engineering students identify as women.  
    • 51% are eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Nationally, 34% of engineering students are in this category.  
  • Graduated students into engineering jobs in the private and public sectors as well as other fields such as finance and healthcare.  

Each year, up to 120 Clark Scholars are selected based on their interest in engineering, financial need, academic accomplishment, community engagement, and leadership skills. The endowed scholarships will support 475 students annually in perpetuity. 

The Clark Scholars community is built even before the semester begins during summer bridge and orientation programs at each partner university. During these sessions, the incoming cohorts participate in course preparation for their freshman year, gain exposure to on campus resources and engage in social activities like escape rooms and ropes courses. University of Maryland incoming Clark Scholar Iman-Louise Mwai shared, “I am leaving here feeling more prepared for when I move back in,” when asked about the impact of the summer program. She went on to share that “The Clark Scholars got very close in the past two weeks.” 

In addition to financial support, the CSP offers a robust community that shepherds the academic and career success of students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields – women, students of color, and first-generation college students, helping to diversify the pipeline of engineering talent. The CSP has demonstrated to universities and other funders that with targeted, holistic support, underrepresented students can thrive in demanding academic programs and contribute to their campus communities.   

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here.  

Following are the names of the newest Clark Scholars and the schools they are attending: 

Duke University
Carson Brantley, Elizabethtown, PA 
Dennis Dale, Miramar, FL
Elsie Eghan, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana 
Joyce Hu, Denton, TX 
Duong (Dylan) Nguyen, Randwick, Australia 
Samuel Obeng, Newark, NJ 
Eddie Robinson, Jr., Madison, AL 
Giovanni Smith, Irvington, NJ 
Kate Stutheit, Davidson, NC 
Ella Veysel, Charlottesville, VA 
Yan Yang, Ellicott City, MD 
George Washington University
Yasmein Ashour, Palos Park, IL 
James Ashby, Fredericksburg, VA
Nathan Janssen, Portsmouth, RI 
Faris Jiwad, Ashburn, VA 
Sarah Levine, Commack, NY 
Omar Marharram, Springfield, VA 
Ariel Kaskaviqi, New York, NY 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lorika Chery, Port St. Lucie, FL 
Christopher Copeland, Stone Mountain, GA 
Frank George, Savannah, GA 
Riley Fecker, Monroe, NC 
Chloe Weed, Severn, MD 
Gracie Zhang, Longmont, CO
Carter Watson, Nashville, GA 
Jorge Aguilar, Savannah, GA  
Sarah Massey, Alpharetta, GA 
Raul Olmedo, Belmar, NJ 
John Hopkins University
Zainab Almakhedhi, Middletown, DE 
Reid Cain, San Diego, CA 
Isabella Godfrey, Houston, TX 
Taliyah Huang, Hillsborough, CA 
Victoria Ines, Clifton Park, NY 
Sreyas Kanaparti, Suwanee, GA 
Hope Ugwuoke, Orlando, FL 
Betania Arce, Homestead, FL 
Victoria Popoola, Riverdale, GA 
Zeyn Schweyk, Santa Barbara, CA 
Stevens Institute of Technology
Thomas Carchietta, Staten Island, NY 
Sabrina DePaulis, New Hyde Park, NY 
Katelyn Derivolkov, Great Meadows, NJ 
Michelle Elias Flores, Lakewood, NJ 
Keona Hicks, Tampa, FL 
Natalie Kloepping, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 
Carlihanny Sanchez, Union City, NJ 
Kristina Szumski, Rahway, NJ 
Samantha Villanueva, Denville, NJ 
Alice Zaytseva, Holmdel, NJ 
Penn State University  
Aniyah Bunn, Philadelphia, PA 
Kenneth Carter, Camden, NJ 
Kiyoshi Dixon, Allentown, PA
Lucie Farrell, Camp Hill, PA 
Xingyu Meng, Gaithersburg, MD
Justina Nguyen, Charleroi, PA 
Bryan Nguyen, Bloomsburg, PA 
Kason Patterson, West Bloomfield, MI 
Kaleah Tuttle, Thorndale, PA 
University of Virginia 
Jojo Adoboe, Sachse, TX 
Aubrey Trey Alexander, Culpeper, VA 
Elizabeth Armstrong, Portland, OR 
Stephanie Castro, Mineral, VA 
Jamal Chouffani, Falls Church, VA  
Marie Clement, Hampton, VA  
Jake Fulford, Chesapeake, VA 
Hari Gajjala, Brambleton, VA  
Hamzeh Hammad, Herndon, VA  
Spence Hartman, St. Simons Island, GA 
Gordina Hodibert, Boyds, MD 
Mira Khan, Chantilly, VA 
Mario Lamas, Jr., Weyers Cave, VA 
Mauricio Lopez De La Cruz, Woodbridge, VA  
Chelsey Ojeda – San Juan, Amelia Court House, VA 
Michael Park, Lorton, VA 
Corrina Peachey, Elkton, VA 
Yatzil Romero Rodriguez, Charlottesville, VA  
Ting-Yo Tan, Windsor, CT  
Kevin Villalobos, Houston, TX 
Leah Winston, Upper Marlboro, MD 
University of Pennsylvania
Raphael Kalatzis, Athens, Greece 
Gabrielle Lederman, Staten Island, New York 
Eric Lee, Irvine, CA 
Tiffany Lian, Charleston, WV 
Michelle Lin, Charlotte Hall, MD 
Juan Lopez, Seymour, CT
Jomal Mathew, Philadelphia, PA 
Yanfu Ou, La Grange, IL 
Jason Ventura, Morris Plains, NJ 
Amehja Williams, Philadelphia, PA 
University of Maryland 
Hailey Chawla, Silver Spring, MD 
Alessandra Contreras, Waldorf, MD 
Tinebte Daniel, Silver Spring, MD 
Camille Israel, Rockville, MD
Iman-Louise Mwai, Owings Mills, MD 
Dylan Ratnayake, Silver Spring, MD 
Benjamin Tabor, Middletown, MD 
Mikaeel Nur, Rockville, MD 
Michael O’Neill, Brookeville, MD 
Emma Perez, Baltimore, MD 
Miko Siarez, Silver Spring, MD 
Vanderbilt University
Michael Carroll, Vallejo, CA 
Carolina Huerta Calixto, Brooklyn, NY
Suebin Choi, Fort Lee, NJ 
Michael Davis, Farmington Hills, MI 
Ctiana (Citiana) Frew, Rockville, MD 
Omar Khan, Germantown, MD 
Javier Olmos, Houston, TX 
Sobenna Onwumelu, Douglasville, GA 
Elle (Eleanora) Weaverling, Summertown, TN 
Eden (Ivana) Villanueva, San Diego, CA 
Virginia Tech University 
Nana Agyemang Prempeh, Woodbridge, VA 
Shayla Ashton, Warsaw, VA 
Caymen Cash, Roanoke, VA 
Edom Eshete, Arlington, VA 
Lane Eubank, Burgess, VA 
Nhi Nguyen, Springfield, VA 
Tamthomas (Thomas) Nguyen, Vienna, VA 
Valentina Ranz, Woodbridge, VA 
Lauren Ruiz-Arenas, Reston, VA 
Jaylin Sayles, Max Meadows, VA 

About the Clark Scholars Program

As part of our dedication to the engineers of the future, the Foundation established the A. James Clark Scholars Program. The Clark Scholars Program has been implemented at Duke University, George Washington University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech.

The program supports first generation students and students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields that exhibit strong academic and leadership potential and have financial need. Students enrolled in the program pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering study, take at least 1-2 business classes, and participate in community service. They also attend leadership seminars and events with leaders in the field.

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Expanding opportunity and access to resources that allow individuals and communities to thrive is at the heart of the Clark Foundation’s mission. Reflecting the values of its founders, A. James and Alice B. Clark, the family foundation was created more than 30 years ago to support the Clarks’ belief in addressing today’s challenges by using their resources to achieve the greatest possible impact. 

Together with our partners, we focus on educating engineers, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive.

Media Contact:

Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176

Clark Foundation Celebrates Next Generation of Innovators; Class of 2022 Graduating Clark Scholars

June 1, 2022

Bethesda, Maryland  – The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation celebrates the 87 A. James Clark Scholars who graduated this year from Duke University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Stevens Institute of Technology, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech.

Through the A. James Clark Scholars Program, the Foundation partners with eleven universities to provide scholarships and tailored learning opportunities to over four hundred exceptionally talented engineering students.

The Clark Scholars Program is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of engineers have the opportunity they deserve regardless of financial need.  The students participate in a cohort model with dedicated advising, mentoring and university resources.  Over the course of the program, students complete a combination of engineering and business courses of study at their respective schools, participate in leadership skills and community-building activities and engage in community service experiences. This approach reflects the values of the Clark Scholars namesake, A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman, and philanthropist.

“The need for well rounded, business and impact-minded engineers has never been greater and it’s an honor to see this cohort of Clark Scholars carry on my father’s legacy,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “My father’s success began with an engineering scholarship – something he was proud of and he would be even prouder to see these Scholars walk across their respective stages and step into the engineering field well equipped to tackle today’s problems.” 

Through the Foundation’s $165 million investment in its signature academic program, the endowed scholarships will support 475 students annually in perpetuity at eleven of the nation’s top engineering institutions. The Clark Foundation recognizes that our success as a nation depends on us equipping the best and brightest minds with the tools and knowledge to solve our biggest problems. 

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here.

Clark Scholars Class of 2022

Duke University
Filip Bartel, Civil Engineering
William Carlson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joy Fu, Biomedical Engineering & Computer Science
Marcellus Jordan III, Mechanical Engineering
Sophie Rubin, Risk, Data, and Financial Engineering
Hosam Tagel-Din, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Kayana Tyson, Biomedical Engineering
Christian Welch, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science
Juliet Yznaga, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science
Philip Liu, Mechanical Engineering
George Washington University
Cade Adelman, Biomedical Engineering
Samantha Danison, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Kaitlin Fagan, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Camille Humphreys, Biomedical Engineering
Kathryn Jaroszynski, Biomedical Engineering
Abigail Lukas, Biomedical Engineering
Claudio Martinez, Computer Science
Gabriella Petrillo, Biomedical Engineering
Jenna Pressman, Biomedical Engineering
Kiera Rudden-Flanagan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Alexander Yan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Tech University
Charles Nate Tenorio, Mechanical Engineering
Suyash Rajesh, Mechanical Engineering
John Hopkins University
David Calvo, Computer Science
Jonathan Edwards, Computer Science
Isabella (Bella) Ferrara, Biomedical Engineering
Sean Glaister, Biomedical Engineering
Angelino Go, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Varahunan (Vara) Mathiyalakan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Jolie McDonnell, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Stevens Institute of Technology
Alyssa Appleby, Mechanical Engineering
Christina Berke, Electrical Engineering
Shterna (Sarah) Kuptchik, Biomedical Engineering
Trinity Lundemo, Biomedical Engineering
Tayler Marin, Computer Science
Emily Ng, Engineering Management
Luc Wersinger, Mechanical Engineering
Nisil Patel, Computer Science
Ryan Perretta, Computer Science
Cory Philippe, Mechanical Engineering
Sabiha Rahman, Chemical Engineering
Eve Sarracco, Biomedical Engineering
Kaitlyn Sharo, Cyber Security
Elijah Wendel, Computer Science
Daniel Zatko, Computer Engineering
University of Maryland
Emily Cho, Mechanical Engineering
Steven Hu, Fire Protection Engineering
Lauren Losin, Bioengineering
Anna Parrish, Bioengineering
Carolyn Payne, Mechanical Engineering
Sriniket Rachuri, Mechanical Engineering
Nolan Vanbourgondien, Mechanical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Estelle Burkhardt, Bioengineering
James Ciardullo, Computer Science, Minor in Mechanical Engineering
Francesca Cimino, Bioengineering, Concentration in Medical Devices
Natasha Dilamani, Mechanical Engineering
Bahda Shin, Computer Science and Management
Quincy Hendricks, Electrical Engineering
Rozina Hidaru, Computer Science & Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship
Fahmida Lubna, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Brandon Reid, Computer Engineering
University of Virginia
Rodas Addis, Computer Science
Teagan Baiotto, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nazirah Farach Rojo, Mechanical Engineering
Stephanie Gernentz, Chemical Engineering & Environmental Science
Emma Jensen, Mechanical Engineering
Garrett Johannsen, Biomedical Engineering
Jennifer Khuu, Computer Science
Amy Lee, Aerospace Engineering and Spanish
Katarina Liddell, Chemical Engineering
Babafemi Omole, Computer Science
Vishal Singh, Mechanical Engineering
Emma Wilt, Systems Engineering
Rachel Zhang, Computer Science & Statistics
Vanderbilt University
Shun Ahmed, Engineering Science
Kaheem Gibbs, Mechanical Engineering
Isaac Kirk-Koffi, Biomedical Engineering
Teppei (Cody) Kotake, Computer Science & Math
Craig Koziolek, Computer Science
Stefany Rodrigues, Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech
Ricabelle Pagara, Construction Engineering Management
Ezekiel Volk, Architecture and Urban Studies
Nicolas Barreras, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Aisha Diallo, Civil Engineering
Nicky Huynh, Computer Science
Genesis Wallace, Civil Engineering
Jacolby Washington, Civil Engineering

About the Clark Scholars Program

As part of our dedication to the engineers of the future, the Foundation established the A. James Clark Scholars Program. The Clark Scholars Program has been implemented at Duke University, George Washington University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech.

The program supports first generation students and students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields that exhibit strong academic and leadership potential and have financial need. Students enrolled in the program pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering study, take at least 1-2 business classes, and participate in community service. They also attend leadership seminars and events with leaders in the field.

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Expanding opportunity and access to resources that allow individuals and communities to thrive is at the heart of the Clark Foundation’s mission. Reflecting the values of its founders, A. James and Alice B. Clark, the family foundation was created more than 30 years ago to support the Clarks’ belief in addressing today’s challenges by using their resources to achieve the greatest possible impact. 

Together with our partners, we focus on educating engineers, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive.

Media Contact:

Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176

A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, Bainum Family Foundation, and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Partner with DonorsChoose to Collectively Fund 348 D.C. Classroom Projects

Three Foundations combine funds to support DC classroom projects totaling $500,000 to support teachers and students

This morning, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, the Bainum Family Foundation and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, collectively surprised hundreds of DC teachers by instantaneously funding all current Washington, DC classroom project requests on the DonorsChoose.org website. 

In addition to the current requests, the foundations will provide a match to donations on all new DC classroom projects while funds last. Together, the foundations will make a total overall investment of $500,000 in DC schools through this funding effort.  

We are thankful for the daily efforts of teachers and students in DC and are pleased to come together to support their classroom projects. 

For more details, contact Sarah Elbert, Communications Manager, at sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Invests in Dog Tag Inc.’s Expansion

Dog Tag’s Fellows build life-changing bonds during their rigorous five-month business and entrepreneur-focused fellowship program.

Washington, D.C.— Today, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation announces a $1.8M investment in Dog Tag Inc. to support its January 2022 launch of a fellowship program in Chicago, Illinois.

Founded in 1987, the Clark Foundation has supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations in educating engineers, creating a D.C. community where people can thrive, and improving the lives of veterans and their families.

“We have seen what Dog Tag has accomplished here in DC, and its success is a testament to its dedication to service,” said Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “We are honored to support their expansion to Chicago.”

Founded in 2014 in Washington, DC, Dog Tag equips veterans, military spouses and caregivers with the education and tools needed to find renewed purpose and community outside of the military. Dog Tag is expanding its reach by launching its fellowship program in Chicago in January 2022.

“Dog Tag’s unique model challenges our fellows to build resilience, grow their confidence, and redefine what success looks like,” according to Meghan Ogilvie, Dog Tag CEO.  “Through this transformational grant from the Clark Foundation, we have found a partner in our vision of addressing unmet needs of the military community and changing people, families, and their communities for the better.”

Dog Tag Fellows in Chicago will earn a certificate of business acumen from Loyola University Chicago’s Executive and Professional Education Center; bring their coursework to life by learning the ins and outs of running a successful business in Dog Tag’s DC bakery operation; strengthen their community network; and enhance their wellbeing by committing time to introspection, storytelling, and personal growth. To date, 153 fellows from 13 cohorts have graduated from the program—a graduation rate of 93%.

Learn more about Dog Tag’s model and work at https://www.dogtaginc.org/

Learn more about the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and its Veterans Initiatives at https://clarkfoundationdc.org/our-investments/veterans-initiatives/.

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation 

The A. James & Alice. B Clark Foundation partners with grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity, and focuses its investments in the following areas: educating engineers to solve society’s toughest problems, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive.

Media Contact: Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176 

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Welcomes 2025 Class of Clark Scholars

116 high-achieving undergraduates enter prestigious A. James Clark Scholar Programs at eleven of the nation’s top engineering universities  

The 2025 Class of A. James Clark Scholars at Johns Hopkins University
The 2025 Class of A. James Clark Scholars at Pennsylvania State University

September 30, 2021

Bethesda, MD – The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation today welcomes the 116 Clark Scholars who will receive scholarships and enter its signature engineering program—the A. James Clark Scholars Program—at the nation’s top engineering universities this fall. 

“These students have worked tremendously hard to become leaders in the classroom and their communities. We are honored to provide them with an opportunity to continue to learn and lead at their respective universities” said Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. 

Through the  A. James Clark Scholars Program, the Foundation partners with eleven universities to provide scholarships and unique educational opportunities to hundreds of exceptionally talented engineering students with financial need. 

Each year, up to 120 Clark Scholars are selected based on their interest in engineering, financial need, academic accomplishment, community engagement, and leadership skills. They pursue a rigorous engineering and business course of study at their respective institutions that includes leadership development and service, a reflection of the values of the program’s namesake, Mr. A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman and philanthropist.  

Through the Foundation’s $165 million investment in the A. James Clark Scholars Program, the endowed scholarships will support 475 students annually in perpetuity at 11 partner universities.

In addition to financial support, the Clark Scholars Program offers a robust community that shepherds the academic and career success of students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields – women, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students, helping to diversify the pool of talented engineers that companies are eager to hire. The program’s holistic approach has also become a model within the institutions themselves. 

The incoming Class of 2025 students is the sixth group of A. James Clark Scholars. To date, over 450 students from all over the country have received scholarship funding through the Clark Scholars Program. 

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here

Duke University

Bright Aboah, Accra, Ghana
Adam Ebrahim, Hoover, AL
Leonardo Gutierrez, Fairfax, VA
Emma Maddock, Winston-Salem, NC
Jauvon Martin, Washington, DC
Kaelyn Pieter, Irvine, CA
Fernando Rodriguez Le, Boorklyn, NY
Jennifer Shoemaker, Clover, SC
Holden Tabije, Matawan, N.J
Lena Wang, Perry Hall, MD

George Washington University

Dominic Savarino, Mechanicsburg, PA
Anthony Yalong, San Jose, CA 
Sylmira Kailey, Limerick, PA 
Luca Caruso, Haddonfield, NJ
Kailey Christensen, Staten Island, NY 
Emma Schmidt, Austin, TX 
Gillian Fuhmeister, Mount Juliet, TN
Mustafa Farooq, Herndon, VA

Georgia Tech University

Matthew Byrne, Augusta, GA
Yunho Cho, Incheon, South Korea
Isabella Deras Lopez, Key West, FL
Jade Downer, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Violeta Escandon Correa, Queens, NY
Leslie Galeana Cruz, Atlanta, GA
Tyra Grant, San Jose, CA
Nebiyelleul Kiros, Atlanta, GA
Caleb Simmons, Dallas, TX
Harbin Singh, Potomac, MD
Thu Truong, Rome, GA
Alessandro Zerbini, Reno, NV

John Hopkins University

Brian Ha, South Korea
Dennis Plotnikov, Chesterfield, VA
Hannah Namkoong, Yorktown, VA
Jennifer Taylor, Riverdale, MD
Sara Rahman, Neptune, NJ
Zuriel Erikson Joven, Sacramento, CA
Andrew Lott, Spanish Fork, UT

Pennsylvania State University

Sarah Aikey, Milton, PA
Jessi Altiero, Hazleton, PA
Tyler Hazlett, Tamaqua, PA
Stella Kibinda, York, PA
Julia Kline, Philadelphia, PA
Charles Nino, Roxbury, NJ
Obiutodike Nnabugwu, Baltimore, MD
Hemin Rana, Passaic, NJ
Grace Wagner, Port Matilda, PA
Jiabao Zhao, Lancaster, PA

Stevens Institute of Technology

Aurora Madera, Bergenfield, NJ
Andrew Matos, Clark, NJ
Julia Munger, New Orleans, LA
Katherine Petrusenko, Mountainside, NJ
Mateo Picconi, Toms River, NJ
Rembrandt Ryan, Macungie, PA
Joyce Kyla Sundo, Center Valley, PA
Emory Wineland, Knoxville, TN
Ainsley Woo, Centennial, CO
Nusiba Zaman, Woodside, NY

University of Maryland

Bafoday Dainkeh , Adelphi, MD
Sa Han, Ellicott City, MD
Osbourne Lawrence, Baltimore, MD
Abel Shiferaw, Silver Spring, MD
Jennifer Tartaglia, Kensington, MD
Meena Toolaabee, Parkville, MD
Megan Tran, Silver Spring, MD
Christopher Trejo-Ramirez, Fishing Creek, MD
Jon Rowel Untivero, Annapolis, MD
Jeffrey Xu, Gaithersburg, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Yousef Elyoussef, Lake Jackson, TX
Abir Hossain, Bronx, NY
Saul Escorza, Dallas, TX
Jessi Jha, San Jose, CA
Sara Fahmi, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Shekinah-Glory Lawal, Cypress, TX
Nina Gao, Philadelphia, PA
Anthony Nguyen, Pittsburgh, PA
Mia Ginsberg, Naples, FL
Hussin Zaidi, East Windsor, NJ

University of Virginia

Isabel Altamira, Houston, TX
Kailey Brown, Newport News, VA
Andy Chen, Doylestown, PA
Nurbol Duisenbek, Richmond, VA
Ethan Fouch, Roanoke, VA
Joseph Inacio, Osprey, FL
Elaina Lee, Victoria, TX
Joseph Leonard, Long Island, NY
Adalyn Mall, Williamsburg, VA
Jason Morefield, Chesterfield, VA
Sarah Naidu, Carmel, IN
Maya Reese, Williamsburg, VA
Eli Roberts, Charlottesville, VA
Deyan Saleem, Woodbridge, VA
Michael Sekyi, Alexandria, VA
Rola Suleiman, Yorktown, VA
Annika Szyniec, Arlington Heights, IL
Caleb White, Frisco, TX

Vanderbilt University

Sawan Ahmed, Nashville, TN
Raquel Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA
Rhonda Giadolor, Rockwall, TX
Aaron Gothard, East Canton, OH
Sitan Huang, Las Vegas, NV
Rachel Loberger, Hillsboro, OR
Sharon Olugbade, Lagos, Nigeria
Saksham Sharma, Northridge, CA
Brandon Smith, Frankfort, IL
Tally Szakel, Channahon, IL

Virginia Tech University

Arham Asam, Fairfax, VA
Joseph Tramontano, Hurt, VA
Jayden Warren, Charlottesville, VA
Ryan Pham, Newport News, VA
Zachary Derboghossian, Woodbridge, VA
Elijah Grant, Bridgeport, CT
Nicolas Villanueva, Woodbridge, VA
Lilian Zhang, Halifax, VA
Kourtney Brady, Woodbridge, VA
Jaela Tucker, Lynchburg, VA
Abel Gerezgher, Arlington, VA
The 2025 Class of A. James Clark Scholars at Stevens University
The 2025 Class of A. James Clark Scholars at University of Virginia
The 2025 Class of A. James Clark Scholars at University of Pennsylvania

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation 

The A. James & Alice. B Clark Foundation partners with grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity, and focuses its investments in the following areas: educating engineers to solve society’s toughest problems, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive. 

Media Contact: Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176 

Clark Foundation Celebrates Graduating Clark Scholars as They Carry on Legacy of Engineering Excellence, Service, and Leadership

June 8, 2021

Bethesda, Maryland  – The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation celebrates the 43 A. James Clark Scholars who graduated this year from George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech. Through the  A. James Clark Scholars Program, the Foundation partners with eleven universities to provide scholarships and unique educational opportunities to hundreds of exceptionally talented engineering students with financial need.

These 43 high-achieving Clark Scholars have completed a rigorous engineering and business course of study at their respective institutions that includes leadership and service, a reflection of the values of the program’s namesake, Mr. A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman and philanthropist.

“It’s an honor to see these graduating Clark Scholars carry on my father’s legacy,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “My dad always reflected on how his success began with an engineering scholarship. I know he would be proud to see these Scholars embark on their own careers as leaders in the engineering and business community.” 

Each year, up to 120 Clark Scholars are selected based on financial need, academic accomplishment, engagement in their communities, interest in engineering and leadership skills. 

Through the Foundation’s $165 million investment in its signature academic program, the endowed scholarships will support 475 students annually in perpetuity at partner schools Duke University, George Washington University, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. In addition to financial support, the Clark Scholars Program offers a robust community that shepherds the academic and career success of students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields – women, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students. 

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here.

“Even before I had met anyone at Vanderbilt, the program had already made me feel as if I belonged on campus. Without the support of the program, both financial and through the resources it has provided, I am not sure where I would be on my path to graduate school. All I can hope for the future is that I can find yet another wonderful community like the one fostered by the Clark Scholars Program and Vanderbilt.”

Yoanna Ivanova, Class of 2021

Clark Scholars Class of 2021

George Washington University

Alexander Broaddus, Ashburn, VAJoseph Signorelli, Toms River, NJ
Arianna Haven, Philadelphia, PAKatherine Goldrick, Wantagh, NY
Arjun Vijay, Tampa, FLNicholas Jin, Princeton, NJ
Jacob Cannizzaro, Brattleboro, VTZachary Stecher, Ventnor, NJ

John Hopkins University

Cara Valencia, Clifton, NJMary Joseph, Marlton, NJ
Drake Foreman, Stafford, VAMichael Farid, Plano, TX
Ellen Wang, College Station, TXNikki Li, Dallas, TX
Eric Rong, Silver Spring, MDRandy Kuang, West Lafayette, IN
Ishpreet Singh, Charlottesville, VASemira Kehnemouyi, Potomac, MD
Jessica Kasamoto, Diamond Bar, CAShreya Narayan, Cottage Grove, MN
Jordan Cohen, Miami Beach, FLTaryn Wong, Kaneohe, HI
Wally Niu, Germantown, MD

University of Virginia

Joshua Sahaya Arul, Fairfax, VA

Vanderbilt University

Adrianna Johnson, Ringgold, GAShyla Slater, New Orleans, LA
Irisa Myint, Champaign, ILStephanie Schroth, Olmsted Falls, OH
Joseph Holliday, Kansas City, MOTim O’Brien, Miami, FL
Reese Phillips, Murrieta, CAYoanna Ivanova, Buffalo Grove, IL

Virginia Tech University

Alberto Ceja III, Virginia Beach, VAKeneil Gordon, Richmond, VA
Clemence Hidalgo, PhilippinesMakenzi Moore, Midlothian, VA
Erica He, Virginia Beach, VAMia Taylor, Manassas, VA
Ezekiel Volk, Hampton, VANefetari Heath, Roanoke, VA
Julio Villarroel, Falls Church, VARicabelle Pagara, Herndon, VA

About the Clark Scholars Program

As part of our dedication to the engineers of the future, the Foundation established the A. James Clark Scholars Program. The Clark Scholars Program has been implemented at eleven of the nation’s top engineering institutions, financially supporting students with financial need who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.

Students enrolled in the program pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering study, take at least 1-2 business classes, and participate in community service. They also attend leadership seminars and events with leaders in the field.

Media Contact:

Sarah Elbert, Sarah.elbert@clarkfoundationdc.org, (301) 657-7176

A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Statement on Passing of Director Lawrence C. Nussdorf

November 13, 2020

Larry Nussdorf (1946-2020)

Bethesda, Maryland. – The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation is saddened to announce that its Director, Lawrence C. Nussdorf, died today.

Robert J. Flanagan, President of Clark Enterprises, Inc., said, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Larry Nussdorf.  Larry was an integral part of Clark Enterprises for over 43 years, serving as President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and ultimately Chairman & CEO. Larry was also a Director of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.” 

In partnership with A. James Clark, Clark Enterprises became one of the largest private corporations in the area.  As a Director of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, Larry established the financial framework to honor Jim Clark’s goals to give back to the community.

“Larry has made an indelible mark on who we are today, and we will keep his legacy of leadership and community service alive and well.  Another hallmark of his leadership was his belief that a dedicated team of co-workers is vital to the success of any company, which will continue in his memory,” said Bob Flanagan.

Courtney Clark Pastrick, Director of Clark Enterprises and the Chair of the Board of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, said, “Our family mourns the loss of Larry Nussdorf, a close friend and trusted advisor to my father, A. James Clark, as well as to me. Larry was a leader who helped guide Clark Enterprises’ success for 43 years. He was an incisive advisor who was committed to honoring my father’s philanthropic legacy through the Clark Foundation.”

Lawrence C. Nussdorf, age 74, was born in Neptune, New Jersey to parents Esther and Arthur Nussdorf.  In 1972 he married Melanie (Franco) Nussdorf and they moved to Washington, DC to pursue their successful careers.  Larry was a member of the Adas Israel Congregation.  He was also a member of Woodmont Country Club and Burning Tree Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf with his friends.  Larry served on the boards of Leidos, Inc; SAIC; Pepco Holdings, Inc; and Capital Source, Inc.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League (DC Chapter), a Trustee of WETA and the United Jewish Endowment Fund of Greater Washington, Smithsonian Institution’s Facilities Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of DC Prep, and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Penn Institute for Urban Research.  In addition, he was a former Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and served on the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Facilities and Campus Planning Committee.

Larry was a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and was also a Certified Public Accountant.  He received his BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his JD from Rutgers School of Law, and an LLM (Tax) from Georgetown University Law Center.  He received the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania and the Outstanding Director Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Larry is survived by his wife Melanie Franco Nussdorf, son Jed and his wife Sarah, son Benjamin and his wife Inna, and five grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother, Andy Nussdorf, his sister, Eleanor Mirne, and their families.

About Clark Enterprises

Clark Enterprises, Inc. is a private investment firm founded in 1972 by A. James Clark.  From real estate to private equity, Clark Enterprises’ diversified portfolio has produced significant positive returns in a wide range of markets.  Our tradition of growth with integrity began with our founder, who believed that profit comes from doing things right, and always doing the right thing. Along with his values and business acumen, Mr. Clark left us with an important mandate: to support the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

The A. James & Alice. B Clark Foundation partners with grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity, and focuses its investments in the following areas: educating engineers to solve society’s toughest problems, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive.