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 in Monterey County, California for a long enough period that
they consider Monterey County their permanent home. Fellows must intend to
work and serve the Monterey Peninsula area and be of service to the coastal
communities of the Monterey Peninsula.. The intent of the Fellowship is to
acknowledge students who care about the Monterey Peninsula and will utilize
their professional skills for local residents. They must demonstrate
leadership qualities and their 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 graduate student in a program leading to an advanced academic or
professional degree. The selected fellow will be involved in the communities
of the Monterey Peninsula providing service and/or leadership and be a role
model and mentor to others.
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 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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