Clark Aitkins, a junior at IUP, was recently accepted into the McNair Scholars program.
Clark is majoring in Religious Studies, and is on the honors track of that major.
The McNair Scholars program serves undergraduates who are first generation and income disadvantaged of any racial background, and minorities underrepresented in higher education, with a strong commitment to pursue graduate studies.
Clark’s goal after graduating from IUP next year is to enter a Ph.D. program in early Christianity or ancient Near Eastern studies. His particular interest at present is Gnosticism. He ultimately hopes to become a professor.