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Student Support Services

Whether you're seeking advice on applying for a prestigious scholarship or having academic difficulties, Student Support Services can help. We will work with you one-on-one to make a plan—and help you stick to it—so you can make the most of your time at Clark and be successful after you've moved on.

What we do

  • Work with students interested in seeking prestigious scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright, Marshall and Rhodes
  • Advise the LEEP Presidential Scholars on how best to realize the LEEP learning outcomes
  • Manage the academic probation system for students in difficulty
  • Help faculty and students find academic supports to optimize learning opportunities

Who we are:


Cherilyn Bonin

Student Success Specialist

Cherilyn’s role in Student Support Services is to provide academic support to students. She does strategic problem-solving and skill-building with students who are on academic probation, who have been identified as at-risk by a professor or campus community member, or who are simply seeking support as they strive toward their academic goals. She can provide guidance in time management, study strategies, note-taking, reading comprehension, test-taking, overcoming barriers to success, and more.

Cherilyn is originally from Tolland, Connecticut, and completed her B.A. in English at Central Connecticut State University. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she went on to work as a residence director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts before returning to CCSU to pursue graduate school. She graduated with her M.S. in Counseling and completed a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education. While in graduate school, she worked as the Lead Academic Success Coach in CCSU’s Learning Center for two years before accepting her current position here at Clark.


In her free time, she enjoys reading and yoga.


Interested in meeting with Cherilyn to talk about your academic success? Visit to schedule an appointment!


Contact Information:

Clark University
950 Main Street, Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Office 223 • Worcester, M.A. 01610-1477 • (508) 793-7522 • Fax: (508) 793-8877


Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Below is a list of prestigious scholarships we can help you prepare and apply for. Please let us know if you have any questions about the process, including eligibility, qualifications or timing.

Education Abroad and Language Study | International Development and Social Sciences | Sciences | Domestic Graduate Education


Education Abroad and Language Study

Amgen Scholars Program
Description: Research opportunities at select universities in the U.S. and Japan
Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors, must be U.S. citizen for U.S. program
Application Deadline: Early February

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Description: Supports undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing internships abroad
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding
Application Deadline: Spring: October, Summer/Fall/Academic Year: March

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship
Description: Opportunities to study in geographic regions deemed critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in existing study abroad programs
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students
Application Deadline: January of program year

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Description: Opportunities to study critical foreign languages through participating in summer intensive language and cultural immersion programs
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students
Application Deadline: November before program year

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Description: Supports undergraduate study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany
Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomores and juniors
Application Deadline: January

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Description: Funds graduate study/research in any discipline available at the University of Cambridge
Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates
Application Deadline: U.S. citizens: mid-October, non U.S. citizens: Early December

Description: Awards grants for individually designed study/research projects, or English Teaching Assistant Programs, outside the U.S.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students
Application Deadline: Early October

Marshall Scholarship
Description: Funds two year graduate study programs at any UK institution
Eligibility: Undergraduate students and recent graduates
Application Deadline: Early October

Rhodes Scholarship
Description: Funds two years of graduate study at Oxford University
Eligibility: U.S. citizen, must receive B.A. before October 1st in the year following selection
Application Deadline: First Wednesday of October

The Luce Scholars Program in Asia
Description: Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placements in Asia
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students
Application Deadline: Early November

Schwarzman Scholarship
Description: Opportunity to pursue a one year Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies through the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students and recent graduates
Application Deadline: Early October


International Development and Social Science

U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Grant
Description: Supports graduate research related to food insecurity in a developing country
Eligibility: U.S. citizen graduate students
Application Deadline: Mid-April

Global Health Corps
Description: One year placement opportunities in NGOs and government agencies in sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. to work on projects related to building health equity
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students
Application Deadline: Early February

Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
Description: Two year placement opportunity with international development organizations including international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies and multilateral organizations
Eligibility: Graduate degree or equivalent experience in relative discipline
Application Deadline: Late January

The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
Description: Awards scholarships to undergraduate sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment
Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomores and juniors, for Tribal Policy and Native Health Care programs must be American Indian or Alaskan Native
Application Deadline: Early March



Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
Description: Funds students who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering, or mathematics
Eligibility: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Late January

Columbia Summer Public Health Scholars Program
Description: Offers course work and hands-on field experiences for undergraduates looking to increase their interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students
Application Deadline: Late January

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Description: Funds education costs of students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who want to pursue their PhD
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate seniors or current PhD students

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
Description: Supports students pursing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at accredited U.S. institutions
Eligibility: U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, undergraduate seniors and recent graduates
Application Deadline: Late October and early November

Public Service and Leadership
Boren Fellowship

Charles B. Rangle International Affairs Program
Description: Funds two year Master's degree programs to study fields relevant to the U.S. Foreign Service (international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration) at a U.S. institution
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students and recent graduates
Application Deadline: mid-January

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Description: Provides stipends for graduating seniors to engage in meaningful public service projects for up to one year in the U.S. or abroad
Eligibility: Undergraduate seniors
Application Deadline: mid-January

Truman Scholarship
Description: Supports students pursuing graduate education in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or public service
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduates with junior year standing
Application Deadline: Early February


Domestic Graduate Education

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Description: Supports high achieving students with financial need to pursue a doctoral degree in the arts, humanities and social sciences
Eligibility: U.S citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent U.S. residents, undergraduate and current doctoral students
Application Deadline: late September

James Madison Graduate Fellowship
Description: Funds students pursuing graduate education to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level
Eligibility: U.S. citizen and U.S national undergraduate seniors and graduate students
Application Deadline: Early March

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship
Description: Supports New Americans for up to two years of graduate study in the United States
Eligibility: Undergraduate seniors, Must be a New American (a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country)
Application Deadline: Early November