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The A. James Clark Scholars Program at Penn Engineering


The A. James Clark Scholars Program has been established in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania through a transformative gift from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation. The gift and the Program honor the legacy of the late A. James Clark, who was firmly committed to educating engineering and business leaders of tomorrow. The Clark Scholars Program at Penn will combine innovative coursework, service learning, and research internship opportunities for select students.


The Clark Scholars Program aligns the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and Penn Engineering with the shared goal of fostering engineering leadership at the highest level to benefit society, now and for the future. Each component of the Program mirrors Mr. Clark's values in business and in service to his community. It also reflects the University’s guiding philosophy, based on the principles of inclusion, innovation, and impact. 


Penn stands firm in its commitment to making an outstanding education possible for the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances. 


The Clark Scholars Program will nurture original thinking, cultivate broad perspectives, and encourage the development of practical applications of new technologies. During their years at Penn, Clark Scholars will be urged to explore a variety of disciplines through coursework available across the University’s 12 Schools.


Penn students and faculty share ideas, learn from experience, and work together to develop and apply solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Beginning their freshman year, Clark Scholars will engage in meaningful public service.

The A. James Clark Scholars Program is designed to prepare future engineering and business leaders, with an emphasis on students who have a demonstrated financial need and first-generation college students. From their arrival on campus through their senior year, the Clark Scholars will participate in a comprehensive, multi-faceted educational experience that includes programming targeted at each specific stage of their academic and career journeys. Students will receive personalized mentoring and innovation training, and will participate in service learning and research projects. These students will form a unique cohort within Penn Engineering with access to myriad exceptional opportunities. An overarching goal of the Clark Scholars Program will be to create a supportive and stimulating academic community, customized for—and responsive to—the unique and evolving needs of the cohort. 

Clark Scholars will have the opportunity to meet annually with representatives from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and with the Dean of the School of Engineering.

The Clark Scholars are supported through a scholarship which is made possible through the generous gift of the Foundation. Students who qualify for financial aid at Penn will be considered for the Program.




An additional application for the Program is not required. The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of Admissions select the Clark Scholars from each incoming freshman class. They are students who have achieved academic excellence and have demonstrated financial need. 

Program Elements 

The customized Clark Scholars experience will include service learning opportunities, research seminars, a paid research internship, and business courses throughout their four years at Penn.

If you have questions about the A. James Clark Scholars Program at Penn Engineering, please email clarksp@seas.upenn.edu.