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Merit Scholarships for Freshmen

2019-2020 OFFERINGS

We offer 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 for full-time first-year undergraduates in the daytime academic program. Merit awards are renewable.

CLARKE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Students are considered for a Clarke Academic Scholarship upon completion of their admissions file. Award amounts range from $9,000 to $13,000 and are determined based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. The renewal requirement is a 2.0 GPA.  Submitted changes in ACT/SAT or GPA that increases a student’s academic aid will be processed until February 15 for the fall start term.

CAMPUS IMPACT GRANT

Students who show the potential to impact vibrancy and contribute to campus life are awarded the Campus Impact Grant in the amount of up to $3,000. Students must live on campus to receive this award.

ATHLETIC TALENT AWARD

Athletic Talent Awards may be awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding athletic ability. 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, lacrosse, track & field, cross country, volleyball, football, dance, and in baseball and softball. Please contact the head coach about these awards.

ATHLETIC MANAGER AWARD

Athletic Manager Awards may be awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate an interest in aiding a varsity athletic team as a team manager. Criteria and expectations for these awards are outlined by each individual coach.  These are $1,000 renewable awards. Students who are on another athletic team roster can participate as a manager on another team, but cannot receive an Athletic Manager Award.  Eligible candidates must earn acceptance to Clarke and complete their coach led interview by May 1, 2019, for priority consideration. Please contact the head coach about these awards.

FINE ART TALENT AWARD

Students who intend to major in art, graphic design, music, drama or musical theatre OR participate in the performing arts are eligible to receive a Fine Art Talent Award upon audition and/or portfolio review by the academic department of their interest. Awards for majors can range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Participation awards in performing arts are $1,000.  Eligible candidates must earn acceptance to Clarke and complete their audition and/or portfolio review by May 1, 2019, for priority consideration.

LEGACY GRANT

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

SELECT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Endowed scholarships are awards funded through donors.  While many are awarded at $1,000 for one year; each has specific eligibility/renewal requirements and amounts as requested by each donor.  For priority consideration, eligible candidates must gain acceptance to Clarke by February 15, 2019 (unless the individual award lists a different deadline). Recipients of these scholarships will be awarded funds to use towards their tuition only. All candidates must display a serious desire to complete their education, possess both a reputation and character that would be a credit to Clarke and have financial need. Click here to apply for an endowed scholarship.

CLARKE CLASSIC SCHOLARSHIP

Students who attend a high school in Clayton, Clinton, Dubuque, Delaware or Jackson counties in Iowa; Grant or Crawford county in Wisconsin or Jo Daviess or Carroll county in Illinois are eligible to be considered for the $1,000 renewable Clarke Classic Scholarship. Eligible candidates must earn acceptance to Clarke by January 2, 2019 in order to receive scholarship information.

MORIA JEANNE O’BRIEN DOYLE SCHOLARSHIP

Students who show an appreciation for words, reading, writing or literature are eligible to be considered for the Moria Jeanne O’Brien Doyle Scholarship. Recipients of this renewable scholarship will be awarded approximately $5,500. Eligible candidates must earn acceptance to Clarke by January 2, 2019 for priority consideration. This competitive scholarship requires submission of an essay.

LOU & RAY 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 grades in high school.

MABEL ROONEY & ALOIS HOFFMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Students who are residents of Dubuque County, have an ACT score of 24 or higher and were involved in extracurricular activities are eligible to receive the Mabel Rooney & Alois Hoffman Scholarship.

PAUL & FRANCES BARNES SCHOLARSHIP

Students who are a resident of Creso, IA or a graduate of Crestwood High School, are eligible to receive the Paul & Frances Barnes Scholarship.

MARION BINK HARN SCHOLARSHIP

Students who have shown a past commitment to volunteering, with preference given to the residents from the city of Elkader, IA, are eligible to receive the Marion Bink Harn Scholarship.

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.

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.

JACQUES FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Students of African American descent with demonstrated financial need, high potential for successful achievement and maintain average grades are eligible for the Jacques Family Scholarship.

MARY KENNETH KELLER COMPUTER SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Students who intend to major in computer information systems are eligible to receive the Keller Computer Science Scholarship.

GENTLE KRAUSE SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible candidates must be a resident of the state of Iowa whose mother attended Clarke University.

KATHERINE LAM SCHOLARSHIP

Asian international students from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia or an American student of Asian descent will be given first priority for this scholarship. If no students from Asia or if Asian descent qualify, other American minority students will be considered. Eligible candidates must also have above average high school or college grades and financial need.

MCNEILL-HURLEY SCHOLARSHIP

The McNeill-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.

ROBERT E. MOLO SCHOLARSHIP

Robert. E. Molo Scholarship students must be a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque and have average or above average grades in high school.

LUCILDA O’CONNOR, BVM SCHOLARSHIP

Students who intend to major in Spanish are eligible to receive the Lucilda O’Connor, BVM Scholarship. Eligible candidates must have average or above average grades in high school.

THOMAS AND MARGARET WELCH SCHOLARSHIP

Students of a single living parent who maintain average or above average grades and have financial need are eligible for this award.

TRACY WEITZEL FABIANO SCHOLARSHIP

Students who have shown a past commitment to volunteering are eligible to receive the Tracy Weitzel Fabiano Scholarship.

All State, Federal and Clarke awards are restricted to cost of attendance. Any Clarke institutional aid that brings the total of a student’s institutional 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.