Our Signature Engineering Education 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 11 of the nation’s top engineering institutions, financially supporting students of need who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.

In 2023, the Clark Scholars Program Network was established at the University of Maryland to provide holistic support for current and future Clark Scholars in perpetuity, thanks to a $20.6 million investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. The sense of community between program staff and scholars across all 11 university partners is part of what makes this program so unique. 

The Network will forge an even closer-knit community of collaboration among program leaders along with their universities, Clark Scholars Programs, students, and alums, long after the sunset of the Clark Foundation. 

Calling All Creatives and Designers!

We are hosting a competition for current Clark Scholars to design a graphic or logo that visually represents our 11-school network. Enter your individual or team design for the chance to win a gift card and the honor of your design appearing on a hoodie, which all Scholars will receive in the Fall of 2024. Learn more.

Our Scholars

470+
Scholars Enrolled in fall 2022

11
University Partners

Clark Scholars
National Average
46%
26%
students who are underrepresented in four-year engineering degree programs Source: American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering & Engineering Technology by the Numbers – 2021 edition
50%
25%
students who identify as women Source: American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering & Engineering Technology by the Numbers – 2021 edition
51%
32%
students eligible for Federal Pell Grants Source: 2020-2021 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Institutions

  • Duke University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech