Federal & State


Federal Grants are need based awards that do not need to be repaid.

Pell Grants: Eligibility for this undergraduate grant program is determined by the information you provide on your FAFSA.  To be eligible for a Pell Grant for the 2019-2020 academic year, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than $5,576.  Award amounts range from $657-$6,195.  The EFC limit and award amounts are determined annually by the US Department of Education.  If you received a Pell Grant for the first time on or after July 1, 2008, you can receive this grant for up to 12 semesters. 

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship: this scholarship is awarded to Pell-eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer. For additional eligibility information, please click here. Please contact your Student Administrative Services Representative for more information or if you believe you may qualify for this scholarship.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): This federal grant program is awarded to undergraduate Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contribution.  Awards range from $600-$800 annually.  Availability is dependent on federal funding.


The New York State Higher Education Assistance Corporation (HESC) administers the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other Scholarship Programs.  These are available for students who meet residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law.

If you are a New York State resident, you can apply for New York State aid online by using the New York State resident TAP application link on the FAFSA Submission Confirmation page.  If you do not already have a HESCpin, you will then need to establish one to complete your Express TAP (ETA) application.  Some NYS Scholarships such as the Award for Academic Excellence require you submit a TAP application annually.

An estimated NYS TAP award may be included as part of your financial aid award package, however the state’s notification is your official approved award.  In order to receive your award, you must be enrolled as a full-time student and be making satisfactory academic progress according to New York State law.  Standards of satisfactory academic standards for TAP are located in the Financial Aid Section of the Clarkson Regulations (link to FA Regulations on the FA web-site).

For more information regarding awards available to New York State residents, visit https://www.hesc.ny.gov/

Other States
Several States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania have reciprocal agreements with New York State. This means that, as a resident of that state, you may be eligible to receive an award while attending Clarkson.  Check with the higher education authority in your state or visit NASFAA for more information.

Institutional, Endowed & Sponsored


Clarkson offers a wide range of institutionally funded Scholarships and Grants.  Scholarships are merit based awards while grants are need-based awards.  The Office of New Student Financial Aid will offer you scholarships and/or grants depending upon your admissions application and your financial need as reported on your FAFSA. These awards do not require repayment and are renewable annually provided you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress in your degree program.  Certain scholarships may also require a minimum GPA or continuation in a specific degree program.  Grants require you to submit a FAFSA each year and continue to demonstrate financial need.

Endowed and Sponsored

Various alumni, individuals, foundations, and corporations have donated funds to establish scholarships for Clarkson students who meet certain criteria.  These criteria may include, but are not limited to, specific majors, GPA, evidence of leadership, geographical location of hometown or high school, class year, financial need and extracurricular activities. Endowed scholarships provide assistance to students in perpetuity.  Sponsored scholarships provide assistance on an annual basis.

Separate applications are not required.  Students who meet the criteria for these scholarships are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee.

Scholarships established through the generosity of Clarkson benefactors are awarded with the understanding that there is a moral obligation for the student to repay the funds received.  By accepting the scholarship award, the student accepts the moral responsibility to contribute to Clarkson when financially able to do so.  By fulfilling this moral obligation, the student will help replenish the scholarship fund, ensuring Clarkson will be able to offer institutional aid to future students.  A list of the endowed and sponsored scholarships can be found in the college catalog.

Scholarship Searches

Scholarship Amount Details
Academic Invest Varies Academic Invest - Scholarship listings for American and Canadian students in Arts, Business, Engineering, and Science.
AREMA Educational Foundation Varies

AREMA Educational Foundation - Provides scholarships to engineering students. General criteria – have an interest in railway engineering, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee. Various types of scholarships are available. Priority given to a Clarkson University student for the New York Central Railroad Memorial Scholarship. Deadline: varies.

StudentScholarships.org Varies StudentScholarships.org - "NY's leading source" for finding scholarship money.
New Scholarships!
PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship $2000 PixelPlex - Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support students pursuing education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. Application deadlines are June 5, 2021 and December 5, 2021 for this bi-annual scholarship.
MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship $3000 / $1000  MPOWER scholarships are awarded annually to female international / DACA students who are currently enrolled or accepted to study full-time in a STEM degree program. MPOWER currently supports students at Clarkson University. The grand prize winner will receive $3000 and two honorable mentions will receive $1000 each. Application deadline is December 31, 2020.

Scholarship America Dream Award

$5000 - $15,000 Scholarship America is offering a renewable scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age; be US citizens, permanent residents, or affiliated with DACA; demonstrate financial need; and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, among other criteria. Scholarship application is currently closed, but will re-open in August of 2021.
DoD SMART Scholarship-for-Service Varies SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) recognizes the need to support the education of America's future scientists and engineers. This program offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, maintain a minimum GPA of at least 3.0, and be pursuing a degree in one of 21 STEM fields. Scholarship application is currently closed, but will re-open in August of 2021.

Google SVA Scholarship


$10,000 Google and SVA is awarding eight scholarships to student veterans studying computer science and related majors. Applicants must be student veterans enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program, must be in good military standing or have received honorable discharge, must maintain strong academic performance, and be pursuing a computer science or computer engineering degree (or a degree in a closely-related technical field). Scholarship application is currently closed, but will re-open in February of 2021.

John Galt Scholarship for Future Supply Chain Leaders

$10,000 John Galt Solutions is awarding a $10,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students seeking education in supply chain management or business forecasting. Applicants must also demonstrate a passion for supply chain, financial need, and dedication to personal growth. Scholarship application is currently closed, but will re-open in March of 2021.

Pierre and Tana Matisse Scholarship


Up to $5000 The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is committed to supporting people from communities who directly experience the consequences of injustice and discrimination every day of their lives and provides need-based scholarships to Black, Latinx, and Indigineous undergraduate students from the five boroughs of NYC. Applicants must be a Black, Latinx, or Indigenous US citizen, reside in one of the five NYC boroughs, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is January 28, 2021.