Dale Clark College Scholarship Program
“Be Great” is the national mantra of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This slogan could also describe the apparent self-decree that shaped the work of Dale D. Clark. Through sheer aspiration and inspiration, he led the Fayetteville Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club for 34 years, helping it become an invaluable part of the community.
The Dale Clark College Scholarship was established specifically for our Youth of the Year recipients to further their education. The Youth of the Year is our premier youth recognition program for Club members. All youth members can benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.
About Dale Clark
Born on December 6, 1934 in Boxley, Arkansas, Dale Clark married his high school classmate, Onetta Moore, before beginning classes at the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. After graduation, Clark joined the Illinois National Guard. In 1960 he took a job as a Youth Fitness Director and Residential Camp Director at the YMCA in LaGrange, Illinois. His work at the YMCA became the foundation of his dedication to helping kids.
His calling to serve youth brought him to Fayetteville in 1970, where he began working as the Parks and Boys Club Director. In those early years, the Boys Club only had one gymnasium. Boys programs were held Monday, Wednesday and Friday while girls programs were held on Tuesday and Thursday. During his time as director, great progress was made to make public school grounds available for community use. Clark, in conjunction with Superintendent Harry Vandergriff and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ben Wilbourn, worked successfully to have public school grounds named an extension of the parks division. Thus, under his guidance, the Boys Club programs grew in attendance and popularity. Among the many improvements were a new gym, a renovated pool and the addition of baseball and softball fields. Throughout his 34 years with the Boys and Girls Club, Clark endeavored to do great things for the organization and the community. Whether it was the improvement of club facilities or his dedication to helping the youth of Fayetteville, he remains an inspiration to everyone associated with the club. To honor his memory, we continue to do our best to “Be Great.”
How can I help?
To make a gift in support of this scholarhsip, please contact Becky Brink at (479) 442-9242 x 109.