Application Period

October 15, 2015 -
January 31, 2016













Investment in Community Fellowship


The Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation implemented the Investment in Community Fellowship in 2002 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to deserving students who are attending graduate school or who have been accepted to a graduate school and will be attending in the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants may attend graduate school anywhere in the United States. The Clark Foundation’s Investment in Community Fellowship is for individuals who were born, raised or have lived on the Monterey Peninsula area of California for a long enough period that they consider this area their permanent home and that they intend to work and remain living in the area and be of service to the local community. The intent of the Fellowship is to acknowledge students from the local area who care about the Monterey Peninsula and will utilize their professional skills for local residents and have a commitment and enthusiasm for the area.

The selected Fellow will have demonstrated that he or she is deserving by factors such as completion of an undergraduate degree with an above-average academic history, proven community service and leadership, and attendance as a full-time graduate student in a program leading to an advanced academic or professional degree.

A Clark Foundation Fellow can expect the Fellowship to supplement any other financial aid or scholarships the individual has been awarded or may receive in the future, so that all of the ordinary costs of an education are covered. Normally, this includes tuition, books, room, board, and reasonable travel to and from school. This does not include personal expenses such as entertainment, recreation and insurance, automobile related costs, or other expenses not directly associated with an education.

The Fellowship may be up to $10,000 and is awarded in the Spring of each year for use during the coming academic year (i.e. an award in May of 2016 for use in the 2016-2017 academic year). Fellowship monies are expected to be used during one academic year.

Fellowships may be renewed each year for the duration of the graduate degree program. The amount of a subsequent award may be less than the initial award. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to submit a written request to the Clark Foundation for a subsequent award. The Clark Foundation may request documentation to assess the Fellow’s academic progress and volunteer service to the community as a requirement of the renewal process.

The Clark Foundation, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to decline to offer a Fellowship or to provide a subsequent reward.


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