Since childhood Frances Clark wanted to be a nurse. When she graduated from Forest Lake Academy, there seemed to be no way for her to attend college. Then financial help was offered on the condition that she take teacher training. She accepted the offer, thinking that she would change to nursing later. After a year and a summer of college, Frances arrived at her first teaching job three days before her nineteenth birthday. Some of the students in this one-teacher school were just three years younger than she was.
After teaching a year or so, she found that she loved it and felt that God had guided her into that profession. Frances Clark is a product of Christian education and a graduate of Southern Adventist University and the University of Maryland. She taught in church schools for 20 years, first in Florida and later in Maryland. She served as an elementary supervisor in Michigan for eight years, and in the Southwestern Union for five years before becoming Director of Education. Miss Clark was the first woman in the North American Division to be elected Union Director of Education. Frances served on both local and North American Division education committees and boards for establishing policy and preparing and approving classroom materials. She was a trustee of Southwestern Adventist University for more than 11 years. In the fall of 1990, she received the highest award the denomination offers education employees, the Award of Excellence. After forty-three-and-a-half years of education work, Miss Clark retired in 1991.
Scholarship award requirements
The Frances I. Clark Scholarship is awarded to education majors who have heard and accepted God's call to the teaching ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Recipients will be chosen based on academic achievement and financial need.
2019-2020 -Carmen Amigon
2018-2019 -Stephanie Weidman
2017-2018 -Andrew Nelson
2016-2017 -Richard Stowell
2015-2016 - Robert Aguilar, Joanna Collins
2014-2015 - Joanna Collins, Robert Collins
2013-2014 - Joanna Collins
2012-2013 - Karen Ortiz
2011-2012 - Rosalynn Santos
2010-2011 - Mary Holway
2009-2010- Sabina Mauricio
2008-2009 - Sabina Mauricio
2007-2008 - Valerie Ray , Shelly Small
2006-2007 - Alexis Rivera