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Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Clarke University offers a variety of merit scholarships for outstanding academic achievement as well as talent in a variety of fields. The following is a list of current merit awards.

MARY FRANCES CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

This competition awards three scholarships, named for two of Clarke’s co-founders: Mary Frances Clarke and Margaret Mann.

Entering first-year students in a full-time daytime undergraduate program who possess a cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale from their high school and have a 27 ACT will be invited to participate in the competition. Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by January 17, 2014. The competition is Saturday, January 26, 2014.

  • The Mary Frances Clarke Scholarship will meet the cost of tuition at Clarke University.
  • The Margaret Mann Scholarship awards $20,000 towards tuition at Clarke University.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS:  PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP OR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Students are considered for either a Presidential Scholarship or Achievement Award upon completion of their admission file.  Award amounts range from $3,000 to $11,000 applicable towards tuition and are determined based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT score.  Both scholarships are renewable for up to ten semesters.

VIEW SCHOLARSHIP WEEKEND

Entering first-year students in a full-time daytime undergraduate program who have completed the admissions process and gained acceptance to Clarke University will be invited to attend the VIEW Scholarship Competition. Attendees compete for renewable scholarships applicable towards tuition. Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by January 17,2014. The competition is February 8-9, 2014 OR February 22-23, 2014.

LOU & ROY BARTELS SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible candidates must be a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque Hempstead High School, or Dubuque Wahlert High School and have average or above average marks in high school. Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by February 15, 2014.  Candidates must display a serious desire to complete their education, possess a reputation and character that would be a credit to Clarke and have financial need. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $2,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

LEGACY GRANT

Students with a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who is a Clarke University graduate are eligible to receive a Clarke University Legacy Grant of $500 towards tuition (one award per student). Students who are dependent and attend Clarke with a qualifying family member simultaneously are eligilbe to receive the Legacy Grant.  Both family members must be full-time undergraduate students in the daytime academic program.

ATHLETIC TALENT AWARD

Athletic Talent Awards may be awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding athletic ability and academic success. Criteria include academic record, recommendations, achievements, and other evidence of ability to contribute to and benefit from the educational experience at Clarke. Talent scholarships are available in the following men’s and women’s sports: basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, track & field, cross country, volleyball, baseball and softball. Selected sports also offer junior varsity (JV) awards. Please contact the head coach of the desired sport about these awards.

FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

Students who intend to major in art, graphic design, music, drama, or musical theatre are eligible to receive a Fine Arts Scholarship upon audition and/or portfolio review by the academic department of their interest. Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by February 15, 2014 for priority consideration. Students must be full-time undergraduates in the daytime academic program. For more information about the Fine Arts Scholarship process, please visit the Art, Music, and Drama department Web sites.

CLARKE CLASSIC SCHOLARSHIP

Students who attend a high school in Clayton, Clinton, Dubuque or Jackson Counties in Iowa; Grant County in Wisconsin, or Jo Daviess County in Illinois are eligible to receive the Clarke Classic Scholarship. One award will also be given for a transfer student from Northeast Iowa Community College. Eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by February 15, 2014. This competitive scholarship requires submission of an application, letter of recommendation and a personal interview. Recipients will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship toward the cost of their first year's tuition. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students in the daytime academic program.

 SELECTED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

For priority consideration, eligible candidates must complete the admissions process and gain acceptance by February 15, 2014.  Recipients of these scholarships will be awarded funds to use towards their first year’s tuition only.  Students must reapply each year to be considered for endowed funds in future years.  Candidates must display a serious desire to complete their education, possess a reputation and character that would be acredit to Clarke and have financial need.

Paul & Frances Barnes Scholarship

Students who intend to major in business and are a resident of Cresco, IA or a graduate of Crestwood High School, are eligible to receive the Paul & Frances Barnes Scholarship.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

BVM Sesquicentennial Scholarship

Students of color who demonstrate high financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to receive the BVM Sesquicentennial Scholarship.  Students selected for this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’stuition.

Catherine Dunn, BVM, Ph.D. Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to minority students who demonstrate leadership in their community, maintain average or above average grades, and have financial need. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

Gentle Krause Scholarship

Eligible candidates must be a resident of the state of Iowa whose mother attended Clarke University. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

Jacques Family Scholarship

Students of African American descent with demonstrated financial need, high potential for successful achievement and maintain average or above average grades are eligible for the Jacques Family Scholarship.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

Mary Kenneth Keller Computer Science Scholarship

Students who intend to major in computer information systems are eligible to receive the Keller Computer Science Scholarship.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $500  to use towards their first year’s tuition.

Marion Bink Harn Scholarship

Students who have shown a past commitment to volunteering, with preference given to residents from the city of Elkader, IA, are eligible to receive the Marion Bink Harn Scholarship.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

McNeil-Hurley Scholarship

The McNeil-Hurley Scholarship will be awarded to students who maintain average or above average grades, with special preference given to qualified students from St. Joseph’s Parish or Central Community High School in Elkader, IA, or from Clayton County, IA.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

Robert E. Molo Scholarship

Students must be a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque and have average or above average marks in high school.  Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

S. Lucilda O'Connor Spanish Scholarship

Students who intend to major in Spanish are eligibleto receive the S. Lucilda O’Connor Spanish Scholarship.  Eligible candidates must have average or above average marks in high school. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded up to $1,000 to use towards their first year’s tuition.

All State, Federal and Clarke awards are restricted to cost of tuition. Any Clarke institutional aid that brings the total of a student’s financial aid to an amount greater than the cost of tuition may be reduced to keep the total Clarke funds at no more than the cost of tuition.

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