James A. Clark Scholars at Duke University - Cohort 2, 2019

Follow Your Passion for Innovation

Now accepting applications from 2020 incoming Duke first-year students

The A. James Clark Scholars Program at Duke supports students of need who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.

Scholars receive up to $10,000 per year so that they can follow their passion for making an impact through innovation. Ten students are chosen from each entering class.

Eligible applicants are incoming first-year students at Duke who qualify for need-based financial aid and are interested in founding new ventures at the intersection of business and engineering.


Focus on Entrepreneurship

In addition to their engineering studies at Duke, students enrolled in the program:

  • Take business courses
  • Participate in service-learning
  • Receive leadership education
  • Get one-on-one mentorship
  • Attend a summer program focused on entrepreneurship and management

The program incorporates these activities into the curriculum without increasing the total course count required for graduation.

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Meet Our Scholars

Philip Liu

Philip Liu

Marcellus Jordan

Marcellus Jordan

Sophie Rubin

Sophie Rubin

Juliet Yznaga

Juliet Yznaga

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About A. James Clark

A. James ClarkA. James Clark, was the president of Clark Construction Group, which transformed the landscape of Washington, DC, with its many projects. Mr. Clark was dedicated to giving back to the communities where he lived and worked.

This has guided the Clark family’s longstanding investments in engineering education and reflects its commitment to ensuring college remains accessible and affordable to high-potential students with financial need.

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation partners with grantees who build practical, immediate and concrete connections between effort and opportunity, and focuses its investments in the following areas: educating engineers to solve society’s toughest problems, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive. 

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