The Clarendon Scholars program prepares students to pursue careers as leaders in cities and urban areas around the globe. Twelve diverse students are selected from across the United States to receive a $28,000/year (75% tuition—$112,000 over four years) scholarship. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership in their school, church, and community; high academic aptitude, and a desire to impact those living in cities and urban areas through their future career.
Clarendon Scholars will engage with one another and program directors to achieve the five pillars of the honors program: personal growth, reconciliation and cultural fluency, community engagement, leadership development, and professional and career development. Students will benefit from mentoring relationships and peer support, equipping them to succeed in all aspects of their college experience and future career, further nurturing their vision to serve cities and urban areas.
Clarendon Scholars Program Details:
Year 1: Exploring The Five Pillars of the Clarendon Program
Year 2: Exploring Career and Calling
Year 3: Explore Leadership and Community Engagement
Year 4: Complete a Senior Thesis Project
Throughout these four years, students will attend an annual Clarendon retreat, participate in a paid summer internship, and complete a capstone senior thesis project and engage in additional Global Honors Institute programming.
To qualify for the Clarendon Scholars program a student must:
Click the links below to read about previous and present students of the Clarendon Scholars Program!
Sohenga Depestre '17
Doctoral Student (Psychology)- William James College
B.A. Psychology – Gordon College
“Receiving the Clarendon Scholarship basically resembles the joining of a large family filled with brilliant unique individuals who are passionate and natural leaders in their own respect. The spectacular aspect of this community is that the scholars are all caring and willing to pour into those of us just starting to grow and tap into our full potentials. The administration and various faculty members have been phenomenal and truly supportive of our endeavors.”
Alex Saintcyr '17
B.A. Accounting and Business/Management- Gordon College
Audit Associate at KPMG
“The Clarendon program has deepened my understanding of community insofar as I co-rejoice and co-suffer in good times and bad with my cohort. It has also equipped me with an exhortation to effective, honest leadership.”
Karim Ghobrial '16
B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies- Gordon College
B.A. Business Administration- Gordon College
Youth Pastor- Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church
“The Clarendon Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to take part of something bigger than myself. The community of Clarendon Scholars pushes each other to strive to become leaders and lends support to one another at all times.”
Neisha Gonzalez '15
M.Ed. Counselor Education (School Counselor and Guidance Services)- University of Massachusetts, Boston
B.A. Christian Ministries (Youth and Urban Ministry)
Senior Passport Program Coach- Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC)
"Because of the Clarendon Scholars Program, I was able to continue my education, create many new connections with amazing people, the ability to release the burden off my mother to pay for college, a practicum experience, and also to become a role-model to all in my church. Now I will leave the school experienced and stronger academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and as a good leader."
Samuel Tsoi '07
M.A. Public Affairs- University of Massachusetts, Boston
B.A. International Affairs- Gordon College
Assistant Director, 21st Century China Center -UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
“Not only has the New City Scholars (Clarendon Scholars) Program given me a rich education, deep fellowship and leadership development, it's imprinted on me a vision to "seek the peace and prosperity" of the city.”