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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 receive one of the following merit-based Clarkson scholarships:

  • Clarkson Merit Scholarships: We award a significant number of scholarships based on exceptional academic success, effort, and promise. These awards cannot be combined with the Leadership and Achievement Awards. Consideration is automatic and based on the admission application.
  • 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.
  • 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. These awards cannot be combined with Clarkson Merit Scholarships.
  • 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. These awards cannot be combined with Clarkson Merit Scholarships.

* Your school must be a participant in Clarkson’s Leadership and Achievement programs in order for you to be eligible for nomination. If your school is not on the list of participating schools, have your guidance counselor contact Kim Keeley at kkeeley@clarkson.edu or 315-268-6480.

Special Clarkson Awards
Exceptional effort deserves recognition. If we think your admission application shows outstanding promise, you could receive one of the following merit-based Clarkson scholarships:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 $6000 per year scholarship 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.    
  • Clarkson merit-based scholarships. In addition to the special scholarships above, we award a significant number of scholarships based on exceptional academic success, effort, and promise

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).
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  • 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.