Program Overview

The Clark Scholars Program is a four-year experience that begins with a six-week summer program. Scholars can expect to engage with each of the four pillars as a cohort.


Students are challenged and mentored throughout the program, with a year one summer program, year two global experience, year three certification in business fundamentals, and a service capstone. Throughout their academic journey, scholars are expected to integrate leadership and service activities, engage with academic and industry leaders and participate in service projects.

Nazirah Farach Rojo, Clark Scholar and second-year student

"“This is an amazing opportunity that I don’t take for granted. Without it, I don’t know what my future would have looked like.” "

Nazirah Farach Rojo, Clark Scholar and second-year student

 

Summer Program

Each cohort will participate in a six-week summer intensive program preceding their formal matriculation. The summer program includes a cohort retreat that will focus on transitioning to college, self-efficacy, resilience, mindfulness and team building. Clark Scholars spend the following six weeks engaged in small section academic study, including their first math course Single Variable Calculus II and General Chemistry. These courses will help all students build a strong foundation for academic success ahead of the traditional fall semester.

Four Pillars of the Clark Scholar Experience

The Clark Scholars Program is the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s signature academic program, combining engineering, business, leadership and community service.

The four program pillars are:

  • Global Experience
  • Business Acumen
  • Internships and Research Experiences
  • Leadership and Service Development

Faculty Mentors

In support of the Clark Scholars Program, UVA Engineering has organized a dedicated team of faculty advisors to ensure academic success for Clark Scholars. These faculty members will engage with Clark Scholars at three critical developmental points in their UVA career: transition into the University; selection and focus in major; career development and post-graduation placement.

Academic Planning

Within the academic programing, the first-year curriculum is developed to prepare students with the broad knowledge and fundamental skills they will need for success throughout their academic career. Highlighted below is an overview of the expected course content for incoming Clark Scholars. Engineering students typically select their major midway through their second semester; therefore, each scholar is expected to have major-specific course requirements that will be integrated into this sequence.

Year 1

The UVA Engineering first-year curriculum is developed to prepare students with the broad knowledge and fundamental skills they will need for success throughout their academic career. Highlighted below is an overview of the expected course content for incoming Clark Scholars. Engineering students typically select their major midway through their second semester. After completing the Single Variable Calculus II course in the summer, Clark Scholars will continue in the small section for Multivariable Calculus.

First Semester

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Chemistry I Lab
  • Physics I & Lab
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering, Technology & Society
  • Science Elective

Second Semester

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Additional Engineering Math (if required)
  • Humanities Elective
  • First Course(s) in Prospective Major

*Scholars may also be enrolled in one or two Spanish courses in preparation for the UVA in Valencia semester abroad program.