The gift to the Whiting School of Engineering will endow the need-based Clark Scholars Program, which was launched this fall with ten Clark Scholars. As part of their leadership, business, and innovation training, Clark Scholars work with faculty mentors, network with professional engineers, and learn from experts in their fields. They also are expected to contribute to the Baltimore community through service-learning projects. The annual income from the Clark Scholars endowment will be matched by the President's Office, as is the case for all new endowed gifts for undergraduate financial aid at JHU.
The gift was made in honor of A. James Clark, a former trustee of the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine who died in 2015. In 1998, Clark gave $10 million to Johns Hopkins for construction of a biomedical engineering building, and in 2008 he gave $10 million to endow the Whiting School's deanship.
Clark Charitable Foundation board chair Courtney Clark Pastrick said her father, a construction engineer and executive, "fervently believed that engineering — from biomedical, environmental and civil to mechanical, electrical, and all other fields — is vitally important to the future of our society....We are proud to partner with Johns Hopkins in helping to train future engineering leaders by providing them practical engineering experiences and challenging them to develop solutions to today's real-world needs."