Clarke University offers 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.
TRANSFER ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Students who transfer into Clarke are considered for a Transfer Academic Scholarship upon completion of their admissions file. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $14,000. 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. Submitted changes to the cumulative transfer GPA that increases a student’s academic aid will be processed until June 1 for the fall start term and January 10 for the spring start term.
PHI THETA KAPPA
Transfer students with membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK) will be awarded a renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, half tuition, $17,325. 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 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 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, 2020, 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 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, 2020, 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)
NICC TRIO-SSS PROGRAM
Transfer Students participating in TRiO-Student Support Services at Northeast Iowa Community College are awarded a renewable $1,000 scholarship from Clarke University once participation is confirmed.
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.
PAUL & FRANCES BARNES SCHOLARSHIP
Students who are a resident of Creso, Iowa, or a graduate of Crestwood High School, are eligible to receive the Paul & Frances Barnes 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.
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.
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.
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.