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Merit Scholarships for International Students

2023-2024 OFFERINGS

We offer a variety of merit scholarships provided to students after a holistic review of their application file. The following is a list of current merit awards for full-time international undergraduates in the daytime academic program. Merit awards are renewable.

Note: Clarke University does its best to assess student files at the time of acceptance, and receipt of FAFSA information, to create the most comprehensive financial aid award possible for each student. Reviews of official financial aid award letters are only completed with a change or update to the information in a student’s file.


Students are considered for a Clarke Academic 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 at the time of acceptance to Clarke. Submitted changes in GPA that increase a student’s academic aid will be processed until February 15 for the fall start term.


Students transferring to Clarke, completing a second degree at Clarke, completing teacher certification, or returning to Clarke after a semester away, are awarded a Clarke Transfer Scholarship of $15,000 upon acceptance as an undergraduate, full-time, daytime student. Recipients must have college credit beyond receiving a high school diploma or equivalent (also beyond the summer directly after high school graduation).PHI THETA KAPPA

Transfer students with membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK) will be awarded a renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $19,000. This award REPLACES the student’s Clarke Transfer Scholarship. This award is given once proof of membership is confirmed.


Clarke’s education is based in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students who graduated from a Catholic high school are considered for the renewable Catholic Tradition Award of $1,000. Students who graduated from a high school founded or run by BVM Sisters (Caramel Catholic in Mundelein, IL or Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ) are considered for a renewable Catholic Tradition Award of $2,000.


First-year international students who show the potential to impact vibrancy and contribute to campus life, during a traditional 4 years at Clarke, are considered for a  $3,000 Campus Impact Grant. Students must live on campus to receive this renewable award.


Majors: Art, Art Education, Graphic Design, Music, and Music Education
Participation: Music, Theatre

Students who intend to major in art, art education, graphic design, music, music education, OR participate in the performing arts (music and/or theatre) will receive a Fine Art Scholarship upon acceptance. Majors are awarded up to $5,000 per year in a renewable scholarship. Participants in music ensembles and/or theatre productions are awarded $1,000 per year in a renewable scholarship. Interested students are highly encouraged to attend a Fine Art Showcase event and must earn acceptance to Clarke by May 1, 2023, for priority consideration.


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, cheerleading, dance, esports, baseball, and softball. Please contact the head coach about these awards.

Note: Pride Scholarships are holistic based awards for student-athletes (see criteria above). Therefore, Pride Scholarships are not stacked with traditional awards: Clarke Academic Scholarship, Campus Impact Grant, or the Catholic Tradition Award.


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.

Note: Referral based scholarships and grants are not stackable. Students may only receive one referral-based award: Legacy Grant, CARE Society Scholarship, or Business Partnership 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. Alumni who refer a legacy student will still be recognized as part of the CARE Society. Learn more

Note: Referral based scholarships and grants are not stackable. Students may only receive one referral-based award: Legacy Grant, CARE Society Scholarship, or Business Partnership Scholarship.


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, 2022 (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

Note: 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.