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

The Clark Scholars Program at the University of Maryland was established as part of Building Together, the Foundation’s $219.5 million investment in the University of Maryland announced October 2017.

The Clark Scholars Program is designed to recruit, retain, and graduate exceptionally talented engineering students with financial need, including students from underrepresented populations, such as first-generation college students, who are poised to take on society’s Grand Challenges. Clark Scholars will confront these challenges with a multidisciplinary, socially aware, and entrepreneurial background and will earn the designation of National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars. The goal of the Clark Scholars Program is to graduate 100% of program participants with little to no college debt and for these graduates to join the network of leading Clark Scholars alumni who are advancing technology through innovation.

Students selected for this distinguished program will receive need-based scholarships. The program will support up to 10 new state of Maryland students each year, for a maximum of 40 students when fully enrolled. The program launched with an inaugural cohort of 10 students in Fall 2018.

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Students will be selected based on factors including:

  • Financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Prior academic and extracurricular achievements.
  • Interests and/or prior experiences that align with the program components, including multidisciplinary education, research, entrepreneurship, technology management, global leadership, and social consciousness

Prospective freshmen admitted to the A. James Clark School of Engineering during the freshman priority admission process will be considered for the program. No additional application materials are required. Students selected as semi-finalists will then be invited to participate in an on-campus interview as the final stage of the selection process.

  • Clark Scholars must be active program participants, attending mandatory cohort meetings and advising meetings with program faculty, staff, and Clark School administrators.
  • Clark 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 Scholars must complete the accademic course requirements. It is highly recommended that Clark Scholars participate in at least one semester of research for credit and present their research during the Undergraduate Research Day.
  • Clark Scholars must meet the campus financial aid deadlines on an annual basis, including filing a FAFSA each year by the January 1 deadline.
  • All Clark Scholars will participate in a Summer Program beginning 2019.
  • As part of their studies, Clark Scholars will seek to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges as participants in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

Full Clark Scholars Policy details are available on the Office of Student and Financial Aid website. 

Liz Galvin

Program Manager
Clark Scholarship Programs
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
(301) 405-9807

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