Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Nashville Alumnae Chapter
YVONNE Y. CLARK
"EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP"
2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Who was Yvonne Y. Clark?
Yvonne Y. Clark, affectionately known as Y.Y. Clark, was a pioneer for African American and women engineers. She was a woman of many firsts.
Yvonne Y. Clark held many honors and distinctions.
Born Georgianna Yvonne Young on April 13, 1929, in Houston, Texas to Dr. Coleman Milton Young Jr. and Hortense Houston Young, Yvonne grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. As a child, she had a love for building and fixing things, but was not allowed to take mechanical drawing classes at school because she was a girl. In high school, Yvonne took an aeronautics class and joined the school's Civil Air Patrol, where she learned to shoot and had flying lessons in a simulator. In 1945, she graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and spent the next two years studying at Girls Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon earning upper-level degrees, she found that "the engineering job market wasn’t very receptive to women, particularly women of color". The woman of many firsts refused to allow discrimination or racism to prohibit her from completing the work about which she was most passionate.
Yvonne's first job after college was in the Frankford Arsenal Gauge Lab, a U.S. Army ammunition plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later accepted a role with a small record label, RCA Camden, in New Jersey where she designed factory equipment. This woman of many firsts returned to the South and in 1955 married William F. Clark Jr., a biochemistry teacher, at Meharry Medical College. To their union a son and a daughter were born. In 1956, she became the first female member of the Tennessee State University Mechanical Engineering Department where she was referred to as "TSU's First Lady of Engineering". Yvonne Y. Clark chaired the department twice from 1965 until 1970 and then in 1977 and held the position for eleven years. She later retired as a professor having fifty-five years of service added to her impeccable record.
Yvonne Young Clark helped start Tennessee State's chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering society where she encouraged women to become engineers. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Alumnae Chapter, has named the Yvonne Y. Clark Excellence In Engineering Scholarship in her honor. On January 27, 2019, Yvonne Young Clark, surrounded by loved ones, passed away peacefully at her home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Yvonne Y. Clark
"Excellence In Engineering Scholarship
Application Deadline: Application package must be postmarked by MARCH 31, 2023
Failure to comply with these instructions will disqualify the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application packet must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2023.
Completed application packets must include:
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INCORPORATED
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, was founded by 22 young women on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1913. The organization provides services and programs to promote human welfare. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has grown to have over 900 chapters with more than 300,000 members nationally and internationally.
GUIDELINES & ELIGIBILITY
A student can only receive one scholarship during her academic career
The Yvonne Y. Clark Excellence in Engineering Scholarship Recipient will receive $2,000
Cumulative Grade Point Average: 20 pointsEssay: 25 points
Your essay should be at least one page (no more than three pages), typed, double spaced, Times New Roman Font (12 font) and submitted with the application. Points will be taken off for incorrect spelling, grammar mistakes, and lack of neatness. Proofread before you submit your essay.
Extracurricular Activities: 15 points
List all college, community, and church related activities under the indicated categories and number of years of participation. Include offices held and other leadership roles in any organizations. If there are no activities, indicate none.
Recommendation: 15 points
A recommendation is needed from an Engineering professor, Engineering counselor or Engineering Dean. Use the attached forms - Letters sent in addition to the forms will not be considered. Recommendations must be in a sealed envelope addressed to Nashville Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mail Completed Application Packet to:
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 281855 Nashville, TN 37228
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Yvonne Y. Clark - Excellence in Engineering Scholarship Application
Include certified transcript(s)
List activities under the following categories for indicated years. Identify leadership positions held in the listed activities or organizations.
Use a separate sheet of paper to type an essay on the following topic. Answer each question (limit response to a maximum of 500 words)
PERMISSION TO RELEASE OR VALIDATE INFORMATION
By signing this application, I authorize Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to confirm and or release any information included on this application. I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that false or misleading information in my application or interview may result in my disqualification for this scholarship.
Complete this form by March 31, 2023
Application can be mailed to the address below:
Attn: YY Clark Scholarship Committee
Delte Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
P.O. Box 281855
Nashvillle, TN 37228
Please rate the applicant in each of the following categories (rating 1, 2 3, 4 or 5; 1 the lowest and 5 the highest).