Most scholarship recipients apply and receive scholarship awards when they are high school seniors. Those applications are processed through the high school guidance office. Students are eligible to apply if they are graduating from Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Morris, Mt. Markham, Richfield Springs, Owen D. Young, Schenevus, or Worcester Central School Districts, or the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford.
Those graduates who do not receive a scholarship in high school may apply for an award after attending college for one year. Students must graduate from one of the 13 locations, attend an accredited college full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours for two consecutive semesters and achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
Adult students who are documented 10-year residents (after age 18) of one of the 12 school districts are also eligible to apply for a scholarship (for GMU and Morris, eligibility starts from the year 2015). Those applicants must fulfill the above criteria to indicate academic success potential.
Anyone interested in applying should call The Scholarship Office at (607) 547-9927.
The scholarship program is basically eight (8) semesters in length. Once a four-year degree (usually a B.A. or B.S.) is achieved or eight semesters of scholarship have been awarded, the scholarship ends. It may take students an extended time period to complete a degree and a few academic programs are approved for more than eight semesters. Please call The Scholarship Office at (607) 547-9927 to discuss specific programs or issues.
Student transfers are not unusual. A copy of your letter of acceptance to the new school is needed for your file. If the transfer takes place mid-year, bring or send your letter of acceptance to the office before the end of January. The spring scholarship award cannot be issued until the letter of acceptance is received. Students transferring at the end of a school year may either send a copy of the letter of acceptance or bring it to the annual interview.
For the Clark Foundation to comply with Internal Revenue Service regulations, scholarship funds are sent directly to the academic institution.
Sometimes students must put educational plans on hold for a semester, a year, or even several years. It is possible to resume your undergraduate education and reactivate The Clark Foundation Scholarship. When planning to return to school, it is necessary to contact The Scholarship Office. A personal interview will be needed to finalize your award status.
The Clark Scholarship Program does not have a GPA requirement, but you must be in good academic standing at your school. This means you must have an overall GPA of 2.0 for the academic year. If your GPA falls below a 2.0 for the academic year, you will be placed on Academic Probation. The Academic Probation policy and expectations will be discussed, if needed, during the personal interview.
When filling out the financial section of your application, you may not know certain amounts at this time. (i.e. Pell, TAP, other scholarships, etc.) You will need to enter a zero (0) in these areas. Many colleges now include laundry, fees, etc. as part of their overall Room and Board charge. It is acceptable to enter zero’s in these areas as well. Any questions, please consult your guidance counselor.