Clark Scholars Program

The Clark Scholars Program was established through a partnership between the Clark Charitable Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering to honor the legacy of Mr. A. James Clark, a noted engineer, businessman, and philanthropist.

Clark Scholars at Hopkins form a cohort of some of the most talented engineering students in the nation. Working together under the guidance of a faculty mentor, Clark Scholars participate in specialized academic programs and service opportunities designed to develop future leaders and enhance their undergraduate experience.

Program Details

Throughout the year, Clark Scholars network with professional engineers, learn from experts in their fields during leadership seminars, and contribute to their community through guided service-learning projects. Scholars gain practical engineering experience as part of an innovation team, comprised of fellow Clark Scholars, and are challenged to develop solutions to real-world societal needs.

The program also provides students resources and assistance finding internships based on their interests and fields of study. Scholars will meet annually with representatives from the Clark Charitable Foundation to discuss their Johns Hopkins experiences, with professional engineers from the Clark Construction Company, and will be invited to an annual lunch with the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering.

If you qualify for aid, the Clark Scholarship provides a generous grant, which does not need to be repaid, to replace the student loan component in your financial aid package.


Clark Scholars are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A stated clear interest in studying engineering at Johns Hopkins
  • Demonstration of the highest academic achievement, including excellent quantitative and verbal skills
  • Demonstration of significant leadership in school (in and out of the classroom) or in their community
  • A deep interest in service to society

No additional application is necessary.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Clark Scholars will be required to enroll in two classes their freshman year; Introduction to Business in the fall, and Leading Social Change in the spring. Students are encouraged to take future classes in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, or other management-related topics that will be coordinated through their faculty mentor.
  • Scholars must maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress, remain enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program at Hopkins, and meet the annual financial aid application deadlines.
  • Scholars must remain active participants in Clark Scholar programming throughout their undergraduate experience.