George Washington University in Washington, D.C., has announced an $8 million gift from the Clark Charitable Foundation to expand a scholarship program at its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Established in 2011 with an $8 million gift from the late A. James Clark, the Clark Engineering Scholars Program provides students with financial assistance, professional development, and leadership and networking opportunities. The program also prepares participants for future leadership positions through an annual leadership boot camp, study abroad opportunities, internships, one-on-one mentorship opportunities with SEAS alumni, and community service options.
"The Clark Engineering Scholars Program is a uniquely and wisely designed scholarship and leadership development program," said SEAS dean David Dolling. "Our Clark Scholars benefit not just from financial support for their studies but from internships, study abroad, leadership training, and mentorship by distinguished engineering alumni....We're extremely grateful to the Clark Charitable Foundation for expanding the program that Mr. Clark established to help us forge engineering leaders."
"Jim Clark was an extraordinary individual and a great friend of the George Washington University, as well as a passionate champion of engineering education," said GWU president Steven Knapp. "We are deeply grateful to the Clark Charitable Foundation and the Clark family for building in this way on Jim's commitment to our students."