The A. James Clark Scholars Program at Stevens Institute of Technology was made possible thanks to a generous gift by the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to honor the legacy of the late A. James Clark, a noted engineer, philanthropist and founder of the Maryland-based Clark Construction Group LLC, one of the nation’s leading privately-held construction companies.
Through dedication and tenacity, Mr. Clark grew a local construction company into a national success, but he never forgot that his business success began with an engineering scholarship. This has guided the Clark family’s longstanding investments in engineering education that continues in his name today. As part of its commitment to building a pipeline of future engineers, the foundation has partnered with Stevens to provide financial support and enhanced learning opportunities to exceptional undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the engineering field.
Stevens is among an exclusive group of top universities selected by the Clark Foundation to implement the A. James Clark Scholars Program, the foundation’s signature academic initiative, combining engineering, business, leadership and community service.
The inaugural cohort of Clark Scholars enrolled at Stevens in fall 2018. Students selected for the Clark Scholars Program receive the following academic supports:
- A faculty mentor to facilitate cohort interactions and projects.
- A rigorous program of engineering, computer science and cybersecurity study, business and/or finance coursework, and service-based learning programs, leadership development, and other Clark Scholars programming.
- An annual financial aid package, as adjusted for inflation and tuition levels and subject to available funds, will be provided for four years. Financial aid is based on demonstrated need, with the goal of having no required loan obligations upon graduation.
The Stevens Advantage
In addition to the core curriculum of the Clark Scholars Program, each Clark Scholar at Stevens will receive supplemental opportunities that maximize Stevens’ legacy in entrepreneurial and technology-driven research and education, as well as the university's incomparable proximity to New York City's cultural attractions.
To expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons, Clark Scholars will be provided with:
- A $5,000 stipend in each of the three summers to support participation in one of the following three options: research opportunities guided by a faculty advisor; the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Program; or an international study abroad or internship experience.
- An annual cultural passport for exciting and engaging cultural events (e.g., plays and musicals, sporting events, operas, symphonies, art exhibits). This passport will allow Clark Scholars to experience the vibrant cultural opportunities available only in the New York City metropolitan area and to build community with fellow scholars.
- The opportunity to enroll in special honors and research seminars that provide support and guidance for students’ research.
- Attendance at a conference in the junior or senior year in students’ area of specialization or interest.
- Participation in campus workshops on topics relevant to students’ academic and career interests (e.g., technology and society, sustainability, understanding the professional workplace), and career-focused programming on networking, communication, and interviewing techniques.
The Clark Scholars Program is an invitation-only scholarship program for exceptional, high-performing students who are traditionally underrepresented in the engineering fields and exhibit a passion for “making a difference.” Invitations will be extended at the time of admission. There are no additional application requirements, and the program will only be available to incoming full-time, first-year students.
Clark Scholars will be selected based on:
- Financial need. To be considered for this program, applicants are required to file both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the established deadlines.
- High academic achievement
- Demonstrated leadership
- Community involvement
Clark Scholars are expected to remain active participants in all required Clark Scholars programming throughout their undergraduate experience and must:
- Pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering, computer science or cybersecurity
- Maintain a 3.2 GPA
- Take a minimum of two business classes
- Volunteer in community service activities
About A. James Clark
A. James Clark believed in the power of hard work. This conviction enabled him to grow a local construction company into a national success. And it guides the philanthropic giving the Foundation continues in his name today. The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation's investments help hard workers with a drive to achieve, investing in grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity - from scholariships for engineering students to better schools for D.C.'s children to veteran reintegration and support of the D.C. community.