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 2.0 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.

cuLearn with Thrivent $5000 cuLearn- This is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
StudentScholarships.org Varies StudentScholarships.org - "NY's leading source" for finding scholarship money.
Emerson Automation Solutions $5000 EMERSON- The program awards two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provides $1,000 grants to their colleges’ engineering departments, and hosts the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International in 2020. Application deadline is May 1, 2020. 
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, 2020 and December 5, 2020 for this bi-annual scholarship.
Kids Car Donations STEM Scholarship $1000 / $250 Kids Car Donations has created an annual scholarship for students pursuing STEM-related degrees. The selected student will receive $1000 to use toward his/her degree, while two runners-up will each receive a $250 textbook scholarship. Application deadline is August 15, 2020.
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 April 15, 2020.
Julie A. Keil Women in Hydro Scholarship $3000 The Northwest Hydro Electric Association has established a fund in memory of Julie A. Keil to provide scholarship and grant opportunities to women majoring in a discipline relevant to entering the hydropower industry. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Application deadline is April 17, 2020.
Healthline and Feeding America Stronger Scholarship $5000 The Stronger Scholarship is looking for students making an impact in the area of food insecurity, hunger, and nutrition. This can be accomplished through research, raising awareness, community building, or increasing access. Students must be current juniors, seniors, or graduate students in pursuit of a degree as of Fall 2020, US residents, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from most recent college transcript. The program will award four students each with a $5000 scholarship (2 undergraduate and 2 graduate recipients). Application deadline is April 30, 2020.