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UVA Clark Scholars Program

The A. James Clark Scholars Program at the University of Virginia provides unique educational and financial opportunities to exceptional students from populations traditionally underserved in STEM fields, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation college students and students from rural or densely urban areas. Distinguished by a world-class education rooted in a commitment to service, business acumen, technology innovation and leadership, the Clark Scholars program offers a robust community of scholarship and support. Clark Scholars join a dynamic University community that is steeped in intellectual curiosity, diversity and a quest for excellence. Faculty advisors shepherd the students’ academic success and workforce readiness, with support from the Center for Diversity in Engineering, through high-touch counseling and tutorial support.

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History and Vision

The Clark Scholars Program was established in 2017 within UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science through support from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and the Bicentennial Scholars Fund from the University of Virginia. Clark Scholars leave UVA with a legacy of success and go out into the world as leaders in the engineering and business community. The initial cohort of 16 scholars started in the summer of 2018, and over the next seven years, as the Clark Scholars endowment grows, the program will expand to a target enrollment of 60-75 scholars at its peak.
 

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Our Goals

UVA Engineering's Clark Scholars Program Goals include:

•  3.4+ GPA upon graduation
• 100 percent graduation rate
• 100 percent post-graduate placement in job or graduate school
• Completion of Business Certificate
• Engagement in industry work or academic research experience
• Participation in service and leadership development
 

Program Components
UVA Clark Scholars, Class of 2022
  • 15

    Made the Dean’s List in Fall 2019

  • 33 %

    Completed or are enrolled in the study abroad program

  • 3

    Recently completed the UVA Business Academy