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.
Students are considered for a Clarke Scholarship upon completion of their admissions file. Award amounts range from $13,000 to $18,000 and are determined based on cumulative high school GPA. The renewal requirement is a minimum of 2.0 GPA. Submitted changes in GPA that increase 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 up to $3,000 in a Campus Impact Grant. Students must live on campus to receive this renewable award.
Pride Scholarships may be awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding athletic ability. Criteria include academic records, recommendations, achievements, and other evidence of the ability to contribute to and benefit from the educational experience at Clarke. Pride Scholarships are available in the following men’s and women’s sports: basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, lacrosse, track & field, cross country, volleyball, football, dance, esports, baseball, and softball. Please contact the head coach about these awards.
Note: Prospective student-athletes should notify their coach of additional scholarships or awards they wish to be considered for before being packaged for financial aid. Any student-athlete who already has a financial aid package may be limited in the amount of additional scholarship dollars they are eligible for.
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, 2022, for priority consideration. Please contact the head coach about these awards.
FINE ART TALENT AWARD
Students who intend to major in art, art education, graphic design, digital media studies, music, music education, 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, 2021, for priority consideration.
Students with a parent, grandparent, sibling (dependent in the household), or spouse who is a Clarke University student or graduate are eligible to receive a Clarke University Legacy Grant of $1,000 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)
CARE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP
The Clarke Alumni Referral and Engagement (CARE) Society Scholarship offers a $1,000 renewable scholarship to full-time undergraduate students who are referred to Clarke by an alumna/us or a current full-time Clarke student prior to their acceptance to the University. Our legacy students (those who have had a parent, grandparent, or sibling attend Clarke) will not be eligible for this award as they will receive the Legacy Grant. Alumni who refer a legacy student will still be recognized as part of the CARE Society. Learn more
EARLY APPLICATION SCHOLARSHIP
Clarke students, who complete their admission application early, are awarded a $1,000 renewable award.
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 December 15, 2021 (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 be accepted to Clarke prior to December 15, 2021. Students who meet the criteria will be sent the Clarke Classic Scholarship application from the admissions department. Clarke Classic Scholarship applications are due by January 15, 2022.
MOIRA JEANNE O’BRIEN DOYLE SCHOLARSHIP
Students who show an appreciation for words, reading, writing, or literature are eligible to be considered for the Moira Jeanne O’Brien Doyle Scholarship. Recipients of this renewable scholarship will be awarded approximately $4,000. Eligible candidates must apply to Clarke and submit their scholarship application by February 1 for priority consideration.
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.
JOHN & ALICE BUTLER SCHOLARS AWARD
Eligible candidates show academic potential and maintain average or above-average grades and possess a reputation and character that would be a credit to Clarke. Preference should be given to graduates of The Noble Network of Charter Schools located in Chicago, Illinois, or similar institutions.
MABEL ROONEY & ALOIS HOFFMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Students who are residents of Dubuque County 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 Cresco, Iowa, 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, Iowa, are eligible to receive the Marion Bink Harn 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.
HEIM FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Students who have shown a past commitment to volunteering, with preference given to the residents in the city of Dubuque, IA, and demonstrate financial need, are eligible to receive the Heim Family Scholarship.
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.
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.
SISTERS OF CHARITY, BVM ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Students of color who demonstrate high financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to receive the BVM Endowed Scholarship.
VERNA SLATTERY MAILANDER SCHOLARSHIP
The Verna Slattery Mailander Scholarship will be awarded to students who maintain average or above-average grades, and who have completed one year of college.
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 the 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.