In addition to the tuition scholarship, students in the Honors Program at Clarkson University are eligible for the Honors Educational Enhancement Scholarship which provides up to $2,000 for scholarly and professional development activities outside of the classroom. HEES supports “high impact” experiences such as study abroad, service learning, research and creative work, unpaid internships, conference participation, and professional training. The goal of HEES is to help students to apply classroom knowledge and develop skills in “real world” undertakings that advance educational goals and/or career goals. HEES is for optional enhancement opportunities and is not intended to be used for tuition, books, fees, or other costs related directly to required academic course work.
Students in good standing in the Honors Program can apply for up to $1,000 per academic year (September 1 to August 31) to cover the cost of approved activities and up to a total of $2,000 over their tenure in the Honors Program. Please note that students admitted after the first year are eligible for a pro-rated portion of funds, such that sophomore admits may receive a total of up to $1,500 and juniors up to $1,000.
Students must apply for funding and receive approval for all expenses before they are incurred (in other words, there are no retroactive applications). We prefer to issue reimbursements of expenses after the activity, but if necessary you may apply for an advance. In either case, itemized receipts must be submitted for all expenses exceeding $75 and awardees must meet all reporting requirements. Failure to meet reporting requirements may jeopardize eligibility for future awards.
The Honors Program recommends that students seek alternative and/or supplemental sources of funding for their educational enhancement opportunities in order to make these funds go further. For example, academic departments and honors societies will often provide some support for travel to conferences, and splitting the cost between multiple sources can be very effective in stretching the funding available.