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Graduate Scholarships

Clarke Endowed Scholarships

Clarke University offers endowed scholarships for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Arts in Education (MAE), and Master of Social Work (MSW) students. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions you may have about Clarke’s endowed scholarships for graduate students.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Ruth Powers Doctorate of Physical Therapy Endowed Scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Preference given to a full-time DPT student enrolled at the time of application (i.e. not open to new DPT students)
  • Be registered at Clarke University as a full-time DPT graduate student who:
    • Has a GPA of 3.4 or above
    • Has a serious desire to complete her/his education and earn a degree
    • Has financial need
    • Has a reputation and character that would be a credit to Clarke University

Application Details:

  • Typically 2-3 current DPT students are selected for this award each year.
  • Application will be available each year in early spring. The Physical Therapy department will send an email notification with application instructions/materials.
  • Application Deadline: Early February

Joel Ostola Scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a full time 1st year DPT Clarke University Physical Therapy Student in good standing in the professional phase of the Physical Therapy Program (i.e. not open to new DPT students)
  • Applicant must show financial need for the scholarship as evidenced by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you file a FAFSA, you can apply.
  • Those who established this scholarship were dedicated to enabling minority students to join the ranks of physical therapists.  If no such minority student qualifies, the scholarship will be awarded to another candidate.

Application Details:

  • Typically awarded to one recipient per year
  • Application will be available each year in early spring. The Physical Therapy department will send an email notification with application instructions/materials.
  • Application Deadline: Early February

Marilynn Ott-Ratay Scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a 2nd year DPT Student in the Clarke University Physical Therapy Program in good standing.
  • Applicant must show excellence with the Physical Therapy Program with significant potential to contribute to the profession either academically or clinically.
  • Applicant must have a reputation and character that is a credit to Clarke University.
  • Applicant must show financial need for the scholarship as evidenced by completion of the Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you file a FAFSA, you may apply.

Application Details:

  • Typically awarded to one recipient per year
  • Application will be available each year in early spring. The Physical Therapy department will send an email notification with application instructions/materials.
  • Application Deadline: Early February

 Master of Social Work (MSW)

Patricia McKevitt Social Work Scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Student must have been accepted to the MSW program to apply for this scholarship.
  • The recipient must be enrolled in specialized practice-year course in the Master of Social Work program.
  • The recipient must have a need for financial assistance.
  • The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to social justice and underserved and minority populations through community involvement and/or volunteer activities.
  • The recipient must express an interest in and dedication to working with underserved and minority populations in the U.S. (or abroad) after graduation.
  • Students interested in pursuing private practice are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Recipient(s) will be asked to write an essay to apply for the scholarship.

Application Details:

  • Typically awarded to up to 3 recipients per year
  • Application will be available each year in early spring. The Social Work department will send an email notification with application instructions/materials.
  • Application Deadline: Early February

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

Ruth Powers Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Education
Eligibility:

  • Preference given to a full-time student currently enrolled in the MAE program (i.e. not open to new MAE students)
  • Be registered at Clarke University as a MAE graduate student who:
    • Has a GPA of 3.4 or above
    • Has a serious desire to complete her/his education and earn a degree
    • Has financial need
    • Has a reputation and character that would be a credit to Clarke University

Application Details:

  • No application needed; award recipients are selected by the Education Department in February each year
  • Typically awarded to 3-5 recipients each year
  • Preference given to incoming MAE 4+1 students

External Graduate Student Scholarships

The external scholarships listed below are managed and funded by various companies, individuals, or organizations external to Clarke University. These external scholarships are available to the public and can potentially help students cover the costs of their education and education-related expenses.  The organization offering the external scholarship creates the eligibility requirements and manages all stages of the application/review/notification process.

General Scholarships

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

External Graduate Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Nursing (DNP)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)