A Chestertown native, Clarke is a music major with an art minor. The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia invites students from only eighteen colleges in the region to apply for the scholarships, with schools such as Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and Pennsylvania State University participating. The selection committee selected Clarke first out of 17 scholarships, giving her the opportunity to attend the Scottish university of her choice. Applicants for the scholarship were judged on academic performance, extracurricular activities, defined course of study and strength of character. The final candidates were determined through written applications and personal interviews.
Clarke will begin her studies abroad in late September. "I am very honored to have received this scholarship and am very excited about the upcoming year in Scotland," she said.
Donald McColl, assistant professor of art history, served as Washington College's liaison and coordinator of the St. Andrew's Scholarship program, and guided Clarke through the application and interview process.
"Washington College is very proud of Catharine, as both a music major and art minor," said Dr. McColl. "She competed against some of the very best students from the Mid-Atlantic region and proved that our students and academic departments truly compete with the best."