CLARK MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are an international student applying to your first year of undergraduate study at Clark University, you could be eligible for merit scholarships offered by the University.
When you send in your admissions application, you will be considered automatically for several merit scholarships. Our Presidential LEEP Scholarship and Global Scholars Program Scholarship require separate applications; however, the rest of our merit scholarships do not.
Your eligibility for scholarships depends on your academic achievement (those indicated on your application for admission), not on your family need.
If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you will be notified when you receive your admissions decision.
Below are the merit scholarships offered to entering first-year international students at Clark University. Note: All deadlines have passed for students applying to enter Clark in fall 2016; the deadlines below are for students applying for fall 2017.
Presidential LEEP Scholarships
Clark University’s Presidential LEEP Scholars Program is part of the University’s pioneering model of education, Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), which combines a robust liberal arts experience with authentic engagement in the world and workplace.
You are an ideal candidate for the Presidential LEEP Scholarship if your high school record places you at the top of Clark University's applicant pool, and you demonstrate a strong desire to:
- Pursue a demanding academic schedule.
- Collaborate with peers and professors.
- Meet ambitious career and life goals.
- Join a community of scholars with a strong commitment to global change.
- Tackle complex challenges at home and abroad.
Deadlines to apply (for students applying to Clark for fall 2017)
- Early Action deadline: Nov. 1, 2016
- Early Decision deadline: Nov. 1, 2016
- Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
- Essay deadline for Early Decision and Regular Decision: Feb. 1, 2017
How to apply
If you are interested in the Presidential LEEP Scholarship, simply check that option when you fill out the Common Application (available after Aug. 1, 2016).
You’ll then receive detailed information — including the topics of two short essays — on how to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for submitting the essays is Feb. 1 for both Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates.
Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of February, and finalist interviews will be conducted in March.
The Admissions Committee chooses finalists based on the strength of their applications for admission and other criteria identified by the committee.
What you can expect
You’ll have the resources and opportunities to explore your interests in depth. You'll take control of your education, connect with pioneers in their fields and develop skills to drive tomorrow's innovations.
More specifically, you’ll receive these benefits:
- Free tuition, room and board for four years: Your annual scholarship renewal would be contingent on your maintaining a strong academic record at Clark for each of your four years as an undergraduate.
- A free master’s degree, if applicable: If you’re interested — and you meet certain eligibility requirements for Clark’s
- Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program — you can complete a master's degree as a fifth-year student, completely tuition-free.
- A significant, funded research project: Before graduation, you’ll complete a LEEP Project, demonstrating mastery of the five LEEP learning outcomes, including the ability to integrate skills and knowledge and to solve complex problems through creative thinking, collaboration and persistence. You’ll receive stipends to complete your LEEP Project.
- A circle of support: At Clark, you’ll be surrounded by people eager to help you apply your talents, including faculty, alumni, career advisers and business and community leaders. With the guidance and mentorship of experts, you’ll design an ambitious academic track that includes interdisciplinary courses, internships, research projects and study abroad experiences.
- Transformative internship experiences: You’ll work in Communities of Effective Practice — multigenerational, interdisciplinary groups — on a particular task or topic, such as assisting in consultations with local entrepreneurs, helping analyze the results of a psychology study or collecting field-based data on climate change.
- A community that cares about the world: Clark graduates are known for changing the lives of others. You’ll collaborate with and be inspired by students, faculty, administrators, alumni and industry professionals who are as passionate as you are about creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world.
As an international student, you may be eligible for additional scholarships offered by local, statewide and national organizations.
If you do receive a private scholarship, you must inform the Clark University Office of Financial Assistance in writing. Private scholarships are considered part of your aid package.
Sources of private scholarships
You may be eligible for scholarships from:
- Your high school teachers, guidance counselors and school librarians: Ask them if there are any school-sponsored scholarships.
- Your parents' employers: Ask your parent(s) if there are any scholarship opportunities provided through their employer(s); if they are unsure, you or they should call their human resources department for more information.
- Your current employer: Ask your employer if the company offers any scholarships for graduating high school students.
- Your place of worship: Ask the office staff or leadership about any scholarship possibilities or assistance with college expenses; private fundraiser events may be allowed if a scholarship is not already in place.
There are numerous online resources for identifying 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 these “red flags”:
- The online service charges a fee. Scholarships are meant to help students, and if you are paying for the service, you may want to skip it altogether.
- An organization does not require an essay. If you are only providing personal information, and no other information is required, it could mean that this organization is looking to sell your information.
- An online service or organization asks for sensitive information. Never provide your Social Security number or other sensitive information unless you know the scholarship is from a legitimate source.
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