The Fitzpatrick Center at Duke in autumn.

Unique Education and Experiences

The A. James Clark Scholars Program incorporates these required activities into the Duke Engineering curriculum without increasing the total course count required for graduation.

Scholars receive up to $10,000 per year to offset loans, work-study, and summer work requirements. Ten students are chosen from each entering class.

incoming summer

  • Five week in-person summer program in Durham, NC to prepare incoming Clark Scholars for college 
  • Program dates for 2023: June 25-July 29
  • Summer program introduces Scholars to the content, pacing, and expected mastery level for college courses, introduces incoming Scholars to Duke and Durham, and builds cohort cohesion
  • Living expenses paid for by the Program, with an additional stipend provided

First Year

  • Orientation program on leadership and resilience
  • Group service experience in Durham, North Carolina

FIRST SUMMER

  • Focused, summer-long international entrepreneurship program 
  • Technical skills bootcamp with an internship to apply skills to a real-world project
  • Program costs and living expenses paid for by the Program, with an additional stipend provided

Sophomore Year

  • Student Founder Program – discover customer needs and market opportunities
  • Lead group service experience in Durham, North Carolina

Junior Year

  • Prototyping or advanced design experience
  • Courses on startup management and accounting
  • Leadership training

Senior Year

  • Job placement support
  • Clark Scholars celebration at graduation

How to Apply »