Eric Clarke Scholarship


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PURPOSE

This scholarship was created by Diana Clarke-Carter, to honor the memory of her father, Eric K. Clarke, Jr., who died in the mid 1970’s at the age of 51. Education and knowledge were very important to him, which makes this scholarship an appropriate way to honor and remember him. Scholarships are for currently enrolled students in good standing, who are employed by the Facilities Management department.

NOMINATION INFORMATION

Each spring nomination forms are sent to all Facilities Management non-student employees. The Clarke family requests there be no specific criteria for nomination except:

  • Good academic standing
  • Enrolled at UMD
  • Student worker in the Facilities Management Department

The past scholarships have been for $1000+ and are not automatically renewed. A complete description of requested information is distributed every March.

“It was important to him to give students an opportunity to educate themselves. This scholarship is designed to carry Eric’s memory forward by helping the students who receive it.” 

Eric Clarke spent the last 15 years of his life working at UMD as Grounds Manager in Plant Services (now Facilities Management), where he had a positive impact on the lives of many people.

Eric was born in Toronto, in 1924. His father was a Psychiatrist who spent most of his years in university service. His family moved to Rochester, NY when he was a young boy and then to St. Paul when he was 12. Eric was educated and read everything he could get his hands on, having a photographic memory. When he was in high school, his father took a job as Chief Psychiatrist on the Manhattan Project (The Atom Bomb Project) and moved the family to Oakridge, Tennessee. The environment was hard on Eric’s asthma so he tested out of high school in 11th grade and started college at the School of Forestry at the University of Minnesota.

Eric spent his summer months working in the Canadian woods and for the Forest Service in Minnesota. He didn’t finish college then, but went to work for Kimberly-Clark in Two Harbors, managing their nurseries. Eric finished his bachelors degree at UMD in 1964. He loved to canoe and spend time outdoors, and a walk through the woods with him was always fascinating. He not only knew the common names of the plants, bushes and trees, but their Latin names as well. During the winter months he often had a pair of snowshoes in the back of his truck.

There wasn’t much Eric Clarke couldn’t do. He really was a “Renaissance Man”. He was generous and kind, and he listened to students and helped them in whatever ways he could. Eric had 4 daughters, all raised to be strong and independent, and he told them to go after whatever they dreamed. He had a tremendous impact on each one of them, as well as the many others he touched with his life, and his influence lives on in the scholarship recipients from UMD. 

2016 RECIPIENTS

Adam Boston, Christian England, Joe Havener, Josephine (Josie) Miller, Josh Stremcha, Mary Ethier, Verlynda (Kocoa) Pinkney

2015 RECIPIENTS

 Austin Hughson, Miguel Elizondo, Haley Strohfus, Isabel Miera, Whitney LeGare, Rachel Moritko, Tim Miles
Front Row (L to R): Austin Hughson, Miguel Elizondo, Haley Strohfus, Isabel Miera, Whitney LeGare, Rachel Moritko, Tim Miles

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

 Whitney LeGare, Bob Carter, Miguel Elizondo, Susan Mahonen, Austin Hughson, Jeff Stuermer, Isabel Miera, Tim Miles
Front Row (L to R): Haley Strohfus, Diana Clarke-Carter, Sara Hardy, Betty Clarke, Laura Stuermer, Rachel Moritko

Back Row (L to R): Whitney LeGare, Bob Carter, Miguel Elizondo, Susan Mahonen, Austin Hughson, Jeff Stuermer, Isabel Miera, Tim Miles

2014 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2014 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Front Row (L to R): Anton Knack, Lindsey Hella, Shawn Buesgens

Back Row (L to R): Erin Maly, Haley Strohfus, Bob Carter, Diana Clarke-Carter, Susan Mahonen, Yougi Mahonen, Ellen Johnson, Kaylyn Molitor, Francisco Rivera

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2014 Recipients with the sponsors

Front Row (L to R): Anton Knack, Lindsey Hella, Shawn Buesgens, Erin Maly

Back Row (L to R): Francisco Rivera, Haley Strohfus, Ellen Johnson, Kaylyn Molitor, Ryan Flaherty, Suzanne Miller, Dan Burud, Garth Sundeen, Joy Michalicek, Dave Paulson, Doug Greenwood, Chris Stevens

2011 RECIPIENTS 

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2011 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Muhammed Kasim, Andrew Prusha, Jennifer Bell, Nate Levendoski, Chloe Pitts, Linnea Johns, Ron Hardy, Diana Clarke-Carter, Jeff Stuermer, Sara Hardy, Earl (Al) Mazerol

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2011 Recipients with the sponsors

Muhammed Kasim, Andrew Prusha, Jennifer Bell, Nate Levendoski, Chloe Pitts, Peggy Dahlberg, Jeanne LaFrance, Mary Beth Olsen, Noel Fitzgerald, Linda Eastman, Mindy Granley, Jim Thibault,Chris Untiedt, Linnea Johns, Earl(Al)Mazerol, Garth Sundeen, Cheryl Anderson, Dave Chilberg

2010 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2010 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Diana Clarke-Carter, Nicholas Johnson, Keith Anderson, Cory Claeson, Zach Eustice, Susan Mahonen

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2010 Recipients with the sponsors

(stairs) Doug Greenwood, Steve Schilling, Mark Boyer, Barb Pierson, Sheila Johnson, Craig Robarge, Dave Clark, Chris Stevens, Mindy Granley, Joy Michalicek, Cheryl Anderson, Lee Olson, John Ehlers, Jeff Johnson

Jared Sodahl, Jordan Cataldo, Miranda Lindquist, Melanie Jokinen, Anne Ritters, Kaitlin Peterson, Jackie Potts

2009 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2009 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Diana Clarke-Carter, Nicholas Johnson, Keith Anderson, Cory Claeson, Zach Eustice, Susan Mahonen 

2008 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2008 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Bob Carter, Diana Clarke-Carter, Alex Hard, Betty Clarke, Mohamed Jalloh, Mallory Thran, Alek Dombrock

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2008 Recipients with the sponsors

Tom Ballou, Mallory Thran, Alek Dombrock, Chris Stevens, Mohamed Jalloh, Alex Hard, Jeanne LaFrance, Doug Greenwood

2007 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2007 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Betty Clarke, Jessica Geiselhart, Kyle Zajicek, Christina Siemers, Andrew Johnson, Diana Clarke-Carter, Bob Carter

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2007 Recipients with the sponsors

Linda Olcott, Jessica Geiselhart, Sher Lind, Christina Siemers, Kyle Zajicek, Andrew Johnson, MaryBeth Olsen, Doug Greenwood, Jeanne LaFrance

not pictured Peggy Dahlberg

2006 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2006 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Cody Pernu, Maria Louwagie, Nick Mroczek, Betty Clarke, Bob Carter, Diana Clarke-Carter

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2006 Recipients with the Sponsors

Peggy Dahlberg, Maria Louwagie, Cody Pernu, Beret Amundson, Nick Mroczek, Chris Stevens, Doug Lamecker

2005 RECIPIENTS

WITH THE CLARKE FAMILY

2005 Recipients with the Clarke Family

Bob Carter, Betty Clarke, Diana Clarke-Carter, Cynthia Hommerding, Vanessa Bera, Beth Reiter

WITH FM NOMINATORS

2005 Recipients with the Sponsors

Beth Reiter, Peggy Dahlberg, Dianna Clarke-Carter, Chris Stevens, MaryBeth Olsen, Cynthia Hommerding, Timm Rodd, Vanessa Bera