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Scholars Program Application

The Clark State Foundation is making college possible!

In partnership with Clark-Shawnee Local School, Graham Local School, Springfield City School, Tecumseh Local School and Urbana City School Districts, our Foundation is offering a selected number of students FREE tuition to attend Clark State through our Scholars Program.

Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2023

Please complete online application and return your personal statement and reference letters to your guidance counselor by Friday, January 13, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Note: All reference letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Eighth Grade Scholars Application

Who is eligible to apply?

All students must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligible for free/reduced lunch program
  • Enrolled in eighth grade at a participating school district
  • Achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average during student’s seventh grade year
  • Neither parent (including step-parent) / legal guardian has earned an associate’s or higher level college degree at the time of application

How do students apply to be a Scholar?

All eligible students need to:

  • Complete this application
  • Write or type a one-page essay explaining why you should receive this scholarship and why it is important to you. Include information about your education and career goals and any additional information you believe may be helpful to the selection committee in reviewing your application. Please type or clearly write your essay and return it to your counselor.
  • Two reference letters must be submitted to the counselor. One letter from a school staff member such as a teacher, counselor or principal. The other letter should be from another adult outside the school who is not your parent or guardian (examples include: church leader, adult friend or neighbor, etc.). All letters must be returned to the student in a sealed envelope to be submitted to their guidance counselor.

How are Scholars selected?

Students who have met the requirements and have submitted a completed application by the deadline will be invited to interview.

After interviews and a review of all pertinent information, the new Scholars class will be selected.

What is required of a Scholar?

The Scholars Program is supportive of students and families, but also requires their commitment. Students and their parents share the responsibility for helping to make sure students:

  • Attend school regularly
  • Exhibit good citizenship
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress in classes
  • Attend Scholars Program activities
  • Enroll in college preparatory-type classes in high school
  • Stay enrolled in your school district
  • Must apply for the FAFSA during senior year of high school and each year enrolled at Clark State

What does the Scholars Program teach students?

  • The benefits of a college education in today’s job market
  • Academic and life skills
  • The value of giving back to the community
  • Leadership skills

What support will a Scholar receive?

  • Academic support through tutoring
  • Mentorship throughout high school and college
  • Special activities, including field trips and events at Clark State
  • Up to three years free tuition including books and fees (Scholars scholarship applied after FAFSA is completed and awarded)

Questions? We're here to help!

Scholars Program Director Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center