Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded each year to students who demonstrate qualities such as—but not limited to—outstanding academic achievement, leadership involvement and financial need. The funds come from multiple sources and do not have to be repaid.

For most scholarships, eligibility for a merit-based and/or need-based scholarship is determined at the time the student is first admitted to an undergraduate program at Clarkson College and are based on prior academic strengths and financial need as determined by the student’s FAFSA. Typically, the student will retain scholarship eligibility for subsequent academic years, as long as the following criteria are met:

The first step to be considered for scholarships is to be admitted to Clarkson College in an undergraduate program. We encourage you to apply for admission early with the intent to meet the first application deadline for your program of interest.

Academic Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to new, incoming undergraduate students only.

  • Must have cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on 4.0 scale.
  • Must have an ACT score greater than or equal to 24 (within two years of high school graduation).
  • Must be an incoming undergraduate Clarkson College student.
  • Must be granted full acceptance (not conditional) as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at Clarkson College.

Clarkson College is selective, and fulfillment of minimum scholarship academic requirements is not a guarantee of award. Students will be considered for scholarships following their acceptance. Students who are accepted early will be given priority. Top candidates may be invited to campus for an interview.

Scholarship amounts are based on the student's full time enrollment status (12 or more credit hours) and will be prorated for three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours) and half-time (6-8 credit hours) enrollment.

Gateway to Success Scholarship for Minority Nursing Students

To be eligible for consideration, a student must have a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5, be an American racial minority student (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic or Native American). The student must be accepted to the Clarkson College traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The Gateway to Success Scholarship application deadline is April 1. Scholarships awarded will be disbursed in the subsequent academic year (disbursement in the fall and spring semesters). Application forms and a detailed list of requirements are available on the Clarkson College website and from the Student Financial Services department.

Academic Achievement Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration, an undergraduate student must have completed 24 semester hours at Clarkson College (does not include transfer hours), maintained a 3.90 or higher cumulative grade point average, be enrolled full-time and be in good standing at the College. Students may apply by completing a scholarship application form, submitting a short essay as described on the application form and submitting a letter of reference from a Clarkson College faculty member. Eligible students will be sent an Academic Achievement Scholarship application following the spring semester of each academic year. Select applicants will interview with the scholarship committee. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview. The application deadline is June 1.

Endowed Scholarships

Due to the generous support of alumni and friends of Clarkson College, several endowed scholarships are available to students each year. The awards vary in eligibility criteria but generally are designed to reward those students who demonstrate high academic ability, leadership, high personal standards and special attention to the needs of patients. The amount of each award is based on fund availability. Scholarship applications are accepted each spring and awards will be disbursed during the subsequent academic year (disbursements in fall and spring semesters). The Student Financial Services department will notify students via e-mail when Endowed Scholarship applications are being accepted.

Endowed Scholarships include:

  • Rachel E. Dinsmoor
  • Founders Endowed Fund
  • Margaret E. Christensen
  • Clarkson College Alumni Association
  • Virginia Cox
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ali Ebadi
  • Lorraine Wilbur
  • Anne Armstrong
  • Rita VanFleet
  • Endowed Service League
  • Ellen R. Miller
  • Dr. Patricia B. Perry
  • Dr. George Loomis
  • E. Lorraine "Skip" Filkins

Other Scholarships

Various individuals, agencies and corporations also provide scholarships for Clarkson College students. The awards vary in eligibility criteria, which are based on specifications established by the donor. Award amounts are based on fund availability. Clarkson College is appreciative of the donors’ generosity and our students are privileged to receive this additional source of financial assistance. Annually, Clarkson College receives scholarship funding from the EducationQuest Foundation.