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

Follow Your Passion for Innovation

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 to offset loans, and work-study and summer work requirements, 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 interesting 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, a construction pioneer that built many of Washington, D.C.’s iconic buildings, never forgot that his business successes began with an engineering scholarship.

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 continues in his name today. The Foundation invests to help hard workers with a drive to achieve.

The Clark Scholars Program is the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s signature academic program, combining engineering, business, leadership and community service.

As part of its commitment to building the pipeline of future engineers, the Foundation has partnered with some of the nation’s leading engineering institutions to financially support students who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential.