Lauren Adams '12
The answer was yes. Among other financial aid opportunities, Lauren was awarded the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Scholarship, which provided her with an extra $2,000 per year in assistance.
“When I was looking at colleges, I thought I could never afford to go to Clarkson,” says Lauren. “But I applied anyway and it ended up not being expensive at all. In fact, it would have actually cost more for me to go to a state school than it would to go to Clarkson.”
The PLTW Scholarship is awarded to 10 high school seniors each year who have completed at least three Project Lead the Way high school courses and who have a high school grade point average of 88 or higher.
“I’m so glad I did apply despite my original concern, because I love it here. I love autumn and being around the Adirondacks. I also love that a lot of students here have many things in common with me, so it’s easy to make friends,” she adds.
A civil engineering major, Lauren is involved in many extracurricular activities at Clarkson, including the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and the varsity swim team.
Lauren knows that her Clarkson experience will also pay off in the future. “I hope to go into green building. The education I’m receiving from Clarkson will help me get there by giving me the skills I need to apply my studies to the real world and succeed,” she says.