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

Engineers are Problem-Solvers

A. James Clark never forgot that his business success began with an engineering scholarship. As his company grew, so did his dedication to fostering the growth and development of tomorrow’s engineering leaders. Today, our Foundation continues Mr. Clark’s legacy of investing in engineering scholarship through support of engineering education at several colleges and universities. From expanding access to students who could not otherwise afford a world-class engineering degree, to improving facilities and recruiting the best faculty, we invest to ensure that tomorrow’s engineers are equipped to solve society’s toughest problems.

We focus our engineering education investments in three key areas:

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Our signature academic program, combining engineering, business, leadership, and community service.


We believe lack of financial means should not stop anyone from pursuing an engineering degree.


We invest in STEM and other programs that ready students to study engineering at the university level.

Building Together: An Investment for Maryland

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s $219.5 million investment is the largest in University of Maryland history and ranks among the largest to a public research institution in the 21st century.

This transformative investment will propel UMD and the A. James Clark School of Engineering to the forefront of education and research worldwide by funding an array of scholarships and fellowships, professorships, and operational and capital projects.

This investment will increase college access and affordability, spark innovations that tackle the daunting problems facing the nation and the world, and inspire the next generation of engineering leaders.

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