The program, which will see its first cohort of ten students enrolled this fall, was created to encourage talented undergraduates to become engineering students in the mold of the late A. James Clark, president and CEO of Maryland-based Clark Construction. With a focus on engineering excellence, business acumen, service learning, and leadership, the program, part of the university's Opportunity Vanderbilt initiative, will provide scholarship support to exceptional students with financial need and from underrepresented backgrounds.
"Our faculty are doing amazing research and teaching — creating opportunities for learning and finding answers to big societal problems," said provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Susan R. Wente. "We designed our new Engineering and Science Building to encourage students as innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. By blending engineering scholarship with leadership planning, the Clark Scholars Program aligns perfectly with our pursuits."