Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund

SSC was saddened to learn of the passing of former student Rocky Clark. Rocky, just 28 years old, died on January 5, 2012, at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. Rocky was paralyzed from the neck down after a spinal cord injury in 2000. His injury was a result of a tackle which occurred during a football game at Eisenhower High School against Oak Forest. He spent the next eleven years nearly prone in a wheel chair. Rocky Clark began as a freshman at SSC in the spring of 2004 and last attended in the spring of 2007. While most freshman take walking and even breathing for granted, Rocky was in and out of the hospital. He was the first recipient of the Walter Payton Scholarship. He maintained good grades and a positive attitude, despite the loss of his youthful energy, mobility and independence. Rocky was a quiet presence for the importance of open enrollment, accessible public spaces, and services for students with disabilities. School isn’t always about the prospect of future employment–it is often about an age appropriate experience developing the mind and nourishing the spirit.

The Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to assist students with disabilities at SSC. Awards are distributed year-round as funds permit. Candidates must initiate contact with the SSC Foundation Office in order to demonstrate special need, complete the application process, and grant permission for student records to be reviewed.


  • Recipients must provide SSCF Office with a copy of an Accommodation from SSC Disabled Student Services Office.
  • Must demonstrate a need for funding for the following:
    • Tuition, books, supplies or bus passes,
    • Transportation, adaptive technology like tape recorders or reading software,
    • Funds for repeating a course due to disability.

Disbursements & Records

  1. A maximum award of $750 will be granted to students demonstrating a level of financial need.
  2. Disbursements are made by the Foundation Office which manages the Rocky Clark Scholarship Fund. Student records and disbursement histories are kept on file in the Foundation Office.

Application Process

  1. Students shall initiate contact with the SSC Foundation to demonstrate need and grant permission for student records to be reviewed.
  2. The Foundation will interview each student following the financial/academic review. The student has the opportunity to give further  details of their need.
  3. The Foundation will contact the student within 24 hours (excluding weekends) to inform of assistance.
  4. All applications that are not selected for assistance are re-examined by the Executive Director prior to informing the student. All decisions are final and are made based on this criteria established by the Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Application Form