The A. James Clark Scholars Program at Stevens Institute of Technology was made possible thanks to a generous investment 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.
About the Clark Scholars Program
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-focused 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 limited loan obligations upon graduation.
Additional Opportunities for Clark Scholars at Stevens
In addition to the core curriculum of the Clark Scholars Program, Clark Scholars at Stevens 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 are provided with:
A $5,000 stipend for up to three undergraduate summers to support participation in research opportunities guided by a faculty advisor or international experiences, including study, service and research abroad.
An annual cultural passport for exciting and engaging cultural events (e.g., plays and musicals, sporting events, operas, symphonies, art exhibits). This passport allows 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.
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 option to participate in the Accelerated Master's Program, which provides the opportunity to complete a bachelor's and master's degree sequentially.