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.
FRESHMAN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Freshmen 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.
TRANSFER ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Transfer students are considered for a Transfer Academic Scholarship upon completion of their admissions file. Award amounts range from $8,000 to $12,000. Recipients must have college credit beyond receiving a high school diploma or equivalent. Students who have attended more than one institution will be awarded based on the cumulative GPA earned at all accredited institutions attended. The renewal requirement is a 2.0 GPA.
PHI THETA KAPPA
Transfer students with membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK) will be awarded a renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $16,250. This award REPLACES the student’s Transfer Academic Scholarship. This award is given once proof of membership is confirmed. The renewal requirement is a 2.0 GPA.
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 $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 records, recommendations, achievements, and other evidence of the 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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 $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)
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.