Engineering Initiatives

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.

A. James Clark Scholars

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 of need who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.

Investments to Date

committed to 11 Clark Scholar universities

Scholars enrolled in fall 2023

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.

Investments to Date

invested in the University of Maryland

undergraduate and graduate students supported through scholarships

invested in the Clark School of Engineering

Our investments in scholarships, facilities and faculty are helping to bolster the sustainable growth of the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

leveraged for the Maryland Promise Program

Our $25,000,000 commitment has helped the University of Maryland to secure new funding for need-based scholarships.

Engineering Pipeline

We believe lack of financial means should not stop anyone from pursuing an engineering degree. Our investments in scholarships, STEM, and other academic programs ensure that students are ready to study engineering at the university level.

Investments to Date

invested in college scholarships and programs supporting students underrepresented in engineering education

Engineering Grantee News

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Additional Grantees

Thurgood Marshall College Fund