2017-2018
Fellowship
Application Period

October 15, 2016 -
January 31, 2017



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Investment in Community Fellowship

Questions and Answers

What is the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation?

The Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation ("Clark Foundation") was established in 1953 as a California non-profit corporation (94-6104608). While it’s specific goals have changed over the years, in more recent years, the Clark Foundation has developed projects and programs that help other non-profits become more self-sufficient and better able to serve their community.

What is the Investment in Community Fellowship Program?

The Foundation implemented its Investment in Community Fellowship program in 2002 as a way to serve the communities of the Monterey Peninsula by encouraging students upon their graduation to return or remain in the area and serve the local residents both professionally and through community service, leadership, and mentoring

How many awards are given?

The Clark Foundation may award one or more fellowships up to $10,000 each per academic year. The Clark Foundation, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to decline to offer a Fellowship.

Are there residency requirements?

The intent of the Fellowship is to support, and thus encourage, students completing their graduate training to serve the coastal communities of the Monterey Peninsula. The Selection Committee is looking for applicants who were born, raised, and/or have lived in Monterey County for a long enough period of time that they consider the county their permanent home and they intend to work and serve the area upon completion of their graduate studies. Applicants are encouraged to clearly set forth this aspect in their application materials. Merely attending an educational institution in the Monterey area is not sufficient. There must be the intent to consider this area home upon graduation.

What are the selection criteria for the Fellowship?

  • Applicants must have been born, raised, and/or have lived in Monterey County for a long enough period of time that they consider the County their permanent residence. Merely attending an educational institution in Monterey County is not sufficient
  • Enrollment in an advanced program of study in a field of significant public interest benefit. Applicant must be currently enrolled or be able to substantiate acceptance to and enrollment for the academic year for which the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Above average academic achievement.
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to society in general and, in particular, the coastal communities of the Monterey Peninsula (Marina, Sand City, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley Village, and Big Sur).
  • Proven commitment to volunteerism, leadership, and public service to the communities of the Monterey Peninsula.
  • Demonstrated passion for community betterment and able to document a continuing philosophy toward community service and leadership for the area.
  • Responsible career goals for advancement in his or her chosen field.
  • Do I have to attend an educational institution on the Monterey Peninsula?

    No. You may attend an educational institution anywhere in the United States. However, you must show your connection to Monterey County and your intent to apply your professional and leadership skills when you return to the Monterey Peninsula upon completion of your graduate studies.

    What do I need to submit to the Clark Foundation?

    The following items must be submitted. Each item should be submitted as a separate document. For a complete description please see the Application Process.
    1) Application Form (typed original plus one copy; signature required).
    2) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (original plus one copy).
    3) Narrative Autobiography (original plus one copy, not to exceed two pages, double-spaced).
    4) Statement of Community Service and Leadership (original plus one copy, not to exceed two pages, double-spaced).
    5) Career Goals (original plus one copy, not to exceed one page, double-spaced).
    6) Official Transcripts (original plus one copy).
    7) Two Letters of Recommendation by the applicant’s advisors, instructors, community leaders, or other professionals well acquainted with the applicant’s work, goals, and personal character.

     

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