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Merit Scholarships for International Students

2021-2022 OFFERINGS

We offer a variety of merit scholarships for international students. The following is a list of current merit awards for full-time first-year undergraduates in the daytime academic program. Merit awards are renewable.


First-year students are considered for a Clarke Scholarship upon completion of their admissions file. Award amounts range from $12,000 to $16,000 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.


Students transferring into Clarke are given a Transfer Scholarship of $14,300 upon acceptance. Recipients must have college credit beyond receiving a high school diploma or equivalent. The renewal requirement is a minimum of 2.0 GPA.


Transfer students with membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK) will be awarded a renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $17,900.  This award REPLACES the student’s Transfer Scholarship. This award is given once proof of membership is confirmed. The renewal requirement is a 2.0 GPA.


First-year 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.


Athletic 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. Athletic 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 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, 2021, for priority consideration. Please contact the head coach about these awards.


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)


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 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


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, 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

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.