In 2018, the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech was established, supporting incoming students who exhibit strong academic potential, leadership skills and financial need. Ten students per year will be selected as Clark Scholars based on their financial need, academic accomplishments, engagement in engineering and leadership skills. By fall 2021, the Clark Scholars Program is expected to have 40 students enrolled. Throughout their four years in the program, the Clark Scholars will pursue a rigorous engineering education, enroll in business classes, participate in intensive summer programs, and work on semester-long community service projects. Visit the Clark Scholars website to learn more.
The Clark Scholars Program is built on four ideological pillars: Scholarship, Service, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
Although Clark Scholars are academically challenged from day one on campus, Georgia Tech offers an incredible array of resources for students to succeed. Students gain access to top-tier faculty performing innovative research in nearly all engineering disciplines, state-of-the-art machining facilities, and outreach opportunities targeting a vast array of populations in the Atlanta area and beyond.
The Clark Scholars Program encourages students to pursue undergraduate research opportunities and participate in student organizations that embody the principals of the program. Talks from leaders in academia, industry and research allow students a chance to interact with some of the most dynamic thinkers in engineering. Clark Scholars are poised to tackle the most challenging technical problems after graduation.
Clark Scholars are expected to contribute to their communities, both within Georgia Tech and outside of the university. Intentional curriculum design and strong mentorship from the faculty mentor and other Clark Scholars is foundational to creating an environment that emphasizes service.
Clark Scholars are part of a community, and their first act of service will be towards their own peers. Clark Scholars support each other academically, professionally and emotionally. For first generation students, peer mentors are instrumental in building a support system. The Clark Scholars Program will help students feel like they belong to a larger support network that can help them navigate their educational experience.
An altruistic spirit is core to the Clark Scholars Program. Clark Scholars are required to engage with the community outside of Georgia Tech, working with not-for-profits in the Atlanta area or larger organizations in other parts of the world. Students are actively encouraged to join multiple student groups and campus organizations centered around service activities to become good stewards of the community.
A. James Clark believed that a strong business background is a requirement for engineers practicing in a global workforce, and Georgia Tech is uniquely positioned to instill entrepreneurial confidence in its students. Students are required to take business classes through the Scheller College of Business. The Impact speaker series provides the opportunity for students to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and notable business and non-profit leaders.
One of the most exciting programs on the Georgia Tech campus is Create-X, which gives students access to the resources and expertise required to take their idea and turn it into a business. There are three phases to the Create-X program: Startup Lab to educate students in evidence-based entrepreneurship and market research; Idea 2 Prototype to build out ideas and create a marketing plan; and Startup Launch to fully launch a startup with up to $20,000 dollars in external investment funding. This complete process from idea to business is unique in the collegiate world, and Clark Scholars at Georgia Tech have an opportunity that no other program in the nation can match.
Leadership development is a core tenet of the Clark Scholars Program, occurring at all stages of the program. During the Summer Bridge program, students begin learning about fundamental leadership skills through workshops and seminars. An outdoor recreation experience includes the Georgia Tech Leadership Challenge Course, a powerful learning experience that takes participants outside of their comfort zones using workshop experiences combined with an adventurous ropes course. After that, students explore the great outdoors of Georgia to hone their newly learned leadership abilities.
Students will also have access to Leading Edge, a one-on-one leadership coaching and development experience for undergraduate students. Students work with a leadership coach to intentionally explore and grow their leadership skills. This program is designed to help students achieve improved results in all aspects of their life, while preparing them for the leadership roles they will have at Tech and post-graduation.
Visit the Clark Scholars website to learn more.