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Clarkson Scholarships & Special Awards

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Merit-Based Scholarships
Special Clarkson Awards
Alumni Connection Awards
Need-Based Awards

Merit-Based Awards
Exceptional effort deserves recognition. If we think your admission application shows outstanding promise, you could be selected for one or more of the following merit-based scholarships from Clarkson University:

  • Clarkson Scholarships: We consider each applicant for his or her potential to contribute to the Clarkson Community. Clarkson Scholarship takes into account not only academic performance and promise but letters of recommendation and extra-curricular activities as well. Consideration is automatic and based on the admission application. All applicants are considered for Clarkson Scholarships. 
  • Clarkson Leadership Awards*: $15,000 annually for up to four years for high school juniors nominated by selected high schools who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement. 
  • Clarkson Achievement Awards*: $12,000 yearly for up to four years for high school juniors nominated by selected high schools who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement. 

* Your school must be a participant in Clarkson’s Leadership and Achievement programs in order for you to be eligible for nomination. You cannot be nominated for both the Leadership Award and the Achievement Award. If your school is not on the list of participating schools, have your guidance counselor contact Kim Keeley at kkeeley@clarkson.edu or Ashlee Whalen at awhalen@clarkson.edu.  They may also phone our office at 315-268-6480.

Special Clarkson Awards
We have a few scholarships that do require action on the part of the student. We encourage all students to read through the below list of scholarships and submit an application or fulfill the requirements for any that require action. If you are an Early Decision applicant, you must submit any scholarship application or complete any required action by December 1 and Regular Decision Admission by February 15 of your Senior Year. 

  • Five-Boroughs Scholarship. This award recognizes students from the five boroughs for their hard work and commitment to academics. Recipients will receive $6,000 per year upon enrollment at Clarkson. 
  • Honors Program. Clarkson sets aside special scholarships for students admitted to the Honors Program. In addition to the regular admission application, you will need to complete the Honors Program application.
  • Clarkson FIRST Scholarship. This award recognizes select high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics (FRC) or Tech Challenge (FTC) team.  We award 25 FIRST Scholarships each year.  
  • Project Lead the Way Scholarship.  This award goes to select high school seniors who have completed three of the five Project Lead the Way courses in their high school. We award 10 PLTW Scholarships each year.
  • Clarkson University SAE Engineering Scholarship. Eight $6,000 scholarships are available to outstanding undergraduate students who plan to study engineering at Clarkson. 
  • Adirondack Scholars Award. Competitive scholarships are available for students who reside in one of the following counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, or Washington. 
  • Spirit of Innovation Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes select high school seniors who have been a Spirit of Innovation participant at their high school.  We award up to 12 Spirit of Innovation Scholarships each year. 
  • SAGE Tuition Rewards (Savings and Growth for Education) is a unique, private college savings program. Tuition Rewards are discounts off tuition at participating colleges that represent the minimum scholarship that an eligible student will receive if attending a member college. Students receive Tuition Rewards from multiple "sponsors" (for example, parents and grandparents). A sponsor designates the tuition rewards to students when they begin their senior year of high school. If the students do not use the tuition rewards, they are rolled back into the sponsor's account for use by other students. Clarkson counts Tuition Rewards as part of the normal institutional and merit scholarships. For more information on SAGE Tuition Rewards please visit https://secure.tuitionrewards.com/index.cfm.
  • Clarkson National CO-OP Scholarship Program - There are 25 scholarships in the amount of $6000 per year based on academic record and scholarship application.  Any major may apply.  Submit the scholarship application online at http://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html.  Early Decision Applications must be received by December 1 and Regular Decision Applications by February 15.    

Alumni Connection Awards

  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards: Awards based on strong potential for success and the recommendation from a Clarkson alumnus/alumna. Awards are $500 per year—students can only receive one award, regardless of the number of recommendations. We suggest students contact alumni who know enough about them to provide a meaningful reference. Recommendation letters must be submitted by February 15 of the student's senior year (December 1 for early decision applicants).
  • Alumni Family Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $500 scholarship. Only one scholarship will be granted no matter how many alumni family members you have.
  • Alumni Legacy Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother who attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $1000 scholarship. You can only receive one Alumni Legacy Award no matter how many alumni family connections you have.

Need Based Clarkson Awards:

  • Clarkson Grants: Awards based on strong potential for success and demonstrated financial need.
  • Adirondack Scholars Award: Competitive scholarships are available for students who reside in one of the following counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, or Washington. This award is based on merit and financial need.

   Clarkson University's Educational Benefits

  • Employee Benefit: Scholarships for dependents of full-time faculty and staff.  Students who receive these benefits will not be eligible for any other University based aid. Employee should see the Employee Handbook for more information or visit Human Resources to complete the required documentation. These scholarships may only be used at Clarkson University for any undergraduate programs.   
  • Tuition Exchange for Dependents of Clarkson Faculty and Staff:  Clarkson University is 1 of 645 participating members of the Tuition Exchange Program. Dependents of eligible Clarkson University faculty and staff who are planning on attending one of the member schools should contact Human Resources to obtain appropriate paperwork.  More information can be found in the Employee Handbook.  You may also contact the Clarkson Tuition Exchange Liaison, Kara Pitts at kpitts@clarkson.edu with questions or concerns. For a list of participating schools, visit the Tuition Exchange Website at www.tuitionexchange.org.
  • Tuition Exchange for Admission Applicants: Admission applicants applying for Tuition Exchange at Clarkson University should see the Tuition Exchange Liaison at the exporting school for direction on how to apply. Tuition Exchange is not guaranteed and is very competitive at Clarkson.  We typically receive close to 100 applications for only 8-10 TE spots.  Preference is given to Early Decision applicants. Clarkson University offers the TE set rate of $34,000 (2016-17) to Tuition Exchange recipients. It is a tuition only scholarship. These recipients are not eligible for any other Clarkson University scholarships or grants.  Recipients may file the FAFSA in order to be considered for additional Federal and State need-based assistance. When selecting students for Tuition Exchange, Clarkson looks at a number of factors including the admission application, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated interest in the University. Interviews are not required however they are strongly recommended. For questions or concerns, please contact Kara Pitts at kpitts@clarkson.edu.