Duke University has announced a $15 million gift from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to establish an undergraduate program focused on leadership, service, and business and entrepreneurship at the Pratt School of Engineering.
The A. James Clark Scholars program will provide funding and enrichment opportunities to promising engineering students with significant financial need. Clark Scholars will participate in dedicated service-learning experiences, business courses, and leadership training and have access to one-on-one mentorship and enrichment seminars throughout their four years at Duke. They also will learn how to translate their ideas into meaningful impact through coursework and a focused summer program in entrepreneurship and management.
Ten Clark Scholars will be selected annually based on financial need, academic accomplishments, engagement in engineering, and leadership skills and will receive support over four years to help offset their student loans and work-study and summer earnings requirements, allowing them greater freedom to participate in unpaid service, extracurricular, and internship opportunities. The first cohort of Clark scholarship recipients will be selected from the Class of 2022.
"Technology is profoundly changing the world, and engineering leaders with business savvy and entrepreneurial mindsets will undoubtedly shape our future," said Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering at Duke. "The Clark Scholars program will make the outstanding opportunities at Duke Engineering more accessible to a diverse population of students. It will open the path for bright people to pursue entrepreneurial approaches with the potential to transform not only their lives, but the lives of others as they design solutions for the world's greatest challenges."