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A. James Clark Scholars Program

The A. James Clark Scholars Program was established through a partnership between the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering to honor the legacy of A. James Clark, a noted engineer, businessman, and philanthropist. Mr. Clark, a construction pioneer who built many of Washington, D.C.’s iconic buildings, never forget that his business successes began with an engineering scholarship.

The Clark Scholars Program is the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s signature academic program, combining engineering, business, leadership, and community service. As part of a commitment to building the pipeline of future engineers, the Foundation has partnered with some of the nation’s leading engineering institutions, financially supporting students who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.

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What it means to be a Clark Scholar

“Every day, I get to see from a different perspective and tackle problems in a new way.”—Ishpreet '21, Clark Scholar and Mechanical Engineering major

Program Details

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.

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 Foundation to discuss their Hopkins experiences, will speak 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.

The A. James Clark Scholars Program provides a generous grant, which does not need to be repaid, to use toward college costs.


To be considered for the Clark Scholars Program, students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Clark Scholars are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A stated clear interest in studying engineering at Johns Hopkins University
  • 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; Foundations of American Enterprise in the fall, and Clark Scholar Leadership Challenge in the spring. Students are encouraged to take future classes in the areas of innovation, 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 degree program at Hopkins, and meet the annual financial aid application deadlines.
  • Scholars must remain active participants in Clark Scholars programming throughout their undergraduate experience.
  • Clark Scholars are also required to attend a summer orientation in late August.

Meet the Clark Scholars

Class of 2024

Headshots of 2020 Clark Scholars

Class of 2023

Portraits and bios of Class of 2023 Clark Scholars

Class of 2022

Class of 2022 Clark Scholars

About A. James Clark

A. James Clark believed in the power of hard work. This conviction enabled him to grow a local construction company into a national success. And it guides the philanthropic giving the Foundation continues in his name today. The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s investments help hard workers with a drive to achieve, investing in grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity—from scholarships for engineering students to better schools for D.C.’s children to veteran reintegration programs and support of the D.C. community.