The Clark Family Scholarship provides financial support for professionals working in the mental health or developmental disabilities fields within the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties) who wish to pursue advanced degrees in their field.  The scholarship was established several years ago by Rochester area residents Tom and Barbara Clark.  The Clarks have been closely involved with agencies serving the disadvantaged and have personally witnessed the skills and dedication of those who have chosen this career. One of their children, born with Down Syndrome, has been the beneficiary of many services provided by the agencies and health systems serving the developmentally disabled.  This scholarship was established to assist individuals dedicated to serving in the field of developmental disabilities or mental health with their advanced educational pursuits.

Award amounts are determined through a scholarship committee review process, which takes into consideration academic performance, financial need, and access to other available grants or resources.  The maximum award amount is $7,500 per year.  Application forms can be found on the RACF website at, and are due by March 4th.   While the scholarship is a one-time award, students may apply in future years and receive a maximum of four awards during a consecutive six-year period.