A Pathway to Diversity and Excellence in Engineering
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.
The A. James Clark Scholars Program at the University of Virginia is distinguished by a world-class education rooted in a commitment to service, business acumen, technology innovation and leadership. Through support from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and the Bicentennial Scholars Fund from the University of Virginia, the Clark Scholars Program was established in 2017 within UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Clark Scholars program offers a robust community of scholarship and support. 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.
Students who are selected as Clark Scholars join a proud and important tradition. A. James Clark believed in the power of hard work. This conviction enabled him to grow a local construction company into a national success. And it guides the philanthropic giving the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation continues in his name today. The Foundation helps hard workers with a drive to achieve, investing in grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity from scholarships for engineering students to better schools for Washington, D.C. children.
Our vision for these student scholars includes learning in shared spaces, like the Link Lab, to address the 21st century’s most pressing global challenges, having meaningful engagement with University and business leaders, participating in an international experience and serving as peer mentors to incoming cohorts. Our Clark Scholars develop as leaders and gain unique insights into engineering design, business and real-world technology applications. 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. Clark Scholars leave UVA with a legacy of success and go out into the world as leaders in the engineering and business community.
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
- Low or no debt upon graduation
- Participation in a global experience
- Completion of four business courses
- Engagement in industry work or academic research experience
- Participation in service and leadership development