Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

The Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program at the University of Maryland was established as part of Building Together,  the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation's $219.5 million investment in the University of Maryland announced in October 2017. The goal of the program is to support hard-working engineering students at Maryland community colleges transfer to the University of Maryland, connecting effort to opportunity. The Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program offers a need-based scholarship of in-state tuition, mandatory fees and differential tuition (if applicable) for four semesters of study—and includes comprehensive academic, career, and research supports. The program supports approximately 20 new state of Maryland transfer students each year, for a maximum of 40 students when fully enrolled. 

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To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be a transfer student from a Maryland community college, admitted to the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland for the Fall 2020 semester, or a student at the University of Maryland who attended a Maryland community college and will be transferring to the Clark School of Engineering as an internal transfer student in Fall 2019
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid

*Preference will be given to students who will be eligible to take junior-level engineering coursework by Fall 2020.

For external transfer applicants (Maryland community college students):

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1.
  • Apply to the University of Maryland by March 1, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester.

For internal transfer applicants (University of Maryland students):

Prior to matriculation, Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars will participate in Summer coursework and/or Summer Bridge Program workshops over two days in late August. The coursework component is intended to get scholarss to Junior level standing at the start of the fall semester and decrease time to graduation. The goal of the Summer Bridge Program workshops are for incoming scholars to be exposed to campus resources, begin to establish connections with the Clark School, and develop community with their peers as a cohort. 

For external transfer applicants (Maryland community college students):

  • Major-specific academic coursework* or seminars.** On-campus housing or transportation subsidies for scholars residing off-campus will be provided.
  • Two-day Summer Bridge Workshops in late August.  Bridge workshops will be in addition to the required summer academic courses/seminars. 

For internal transfer applicants (University of Maryland students):

  • Two-day Summer Bridge Workshops in late August. 

*You will be required to pay for academic coursework, and will be reimbursed provided that you earn a C- or higher.

 **Most courses and seminars will be directly related to your engineering major and will provide you with specific content knowledge that you need to be successful in your junior-level courses. In some cases, these courses may reduce your time to graduation. Please note that some courses will be offered during the day, for example, from 12:00 pm–3:00 pm.

 

In the following summer, Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars will participate in a paid summer internship or research experience. Students will be supported in securing an internship or research experience aligned with their career goals by their Faculty Advisor, Dr. Alison Flatau, and workshops and resume critiques provided by Engineering Career Services. 

 

Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars will engage in semesterly advising meetings with Dr. Alison Flatau and Coordinator for Retention, Christal Dimas, to discuss their educational and professional goals. They will also participate in cohort meetings during each semester they are in the program, focused on professional development. In previous semesters students have had presentations about building a LinkedIn profile, navigating salary negotation and also had the opportunity to have a free professional headshot taken! In the spring of 2019, students took a field trip to Wheaton, MD to visit an active construction site, managed by Clark Construction. The visit to the  Wheaton Revistalization Project allowed students got an inside look at the scope of the project from start to finish, and gave them an opportunity to network with field engineers and project managers, learning about each of their roles and their career paths.   

  • Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars must be active program participants, attending mandatory cohort meetings and advising meetings with program faculty, staff, and Clark School administrators.
  • Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars must maintain a 3.0 cumulative UMD grade point average, remain enrolled in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, make satisfactory progress toward a degree in engineering, and complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester/24 credits per year.
  • Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars must meet the campus financial aid deadlines on an annual basis, including filing a FAFSA each year by the January 1 deadline.
  • Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars will participate in a Summer academic coursework and/or Summer Bridge Program workshops during Summer 2020. 
  • Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars will participate in a paid internship or on-campus research experience during Summer 2021. 

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