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  • Our Supporters

    The National Scholars Program is deeply grateful for the considerable generosity of several Clemson alumni and friends, including the following:

    • The estate of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Ballenger, Class of 1923
    • J. Anderson Berly, III, Class of 1978
    • Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Bishop, Jr. Class of 1965
    • Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. McAlister, Class of 1941
    • The E. Smyth McKissick, III, Class of 1979 Clemson National Scholars Endowment
    • Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. McMahan, Class of 1954
    • Dr. and Mrs. R. Roy Pearce, Class of 1941
    • The Smith-Westmoreland Scholars Endowment for Clemson National Scholars
    • The von Rosenberg Family Endowment for Clemson National Scholars
    • Mr and Mrs. Matthew A. Lykken
    • The estate of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Carroll
  • Ways to Give

    There are two primary ways to give to the National Scholars Program:

    The NSP Scholarship Fund
    The primary goal of the NSP Scholarship Fund is to competitively recruit and attract the top high school students in the United States. We are able to do this each year by offering full scholarships, including tuition, fees, room and board, and a stipend for books and supplies. Without an appealing and competitive financial package offer, these highly recruited scholars would likely choose another school. If you are interested in making a contribution to the NSP Scholarship Fund, please contact Beth Benzing.

    The NSP Excellence Fund
    The NSP Excellence Fund was created in 2009 to support the program’s areas of greatest need in order to address our goal of establishing the National Scholars Program at Clemson University as one of the best in the country. The Excellence Fund allows program leadership to have flexibility in allocation, supporting distinguished guest lecturers and student travel, and providing unique learning enrichment opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Each year, Scholars, parents, and alumni participate in our Natty Giving Cup competition, vying to be the group with the greatest level of contribution to the NSP Excellence Fund. To date, the Excellence Fund has raised more than $375,000 in support of this exceptional programming for Clemson’s most ambitious students. But we need to sustain this funding in order to stay competitive with other elite scholars programs. To find out more about the Natty Giving Cup competition, including how you can participate, please see below.

    Visit "I support CU" to learn how you can support the National Scholars Program. You'll be asked to log in with (or create) your CU Alumni giving information (Note that you do not have to be a CU alumnus to create an account.) This dedicated NSP giving page includes information on the Giving Competition, as well as how to make your donation online using a credit card.

  • Natty Giving Cup
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    Starting in 2009 and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Scholars Program, the NSP launched a giving competition among alumni and current Scholars, and began to include cohort parents in the competition in 2011. The "Natty Giving Cup" is awarded annually to the alumni and current Scholar cohorts and parent cohorts that have the highest percentage of members giving to the NSP foundation account. Building the NSP foundation account with private donations will ensure that current and future Scholars will enjoy the unique, life-changing learning opportunities that past Scholars have. Pictured right, 2013 Scholar Cohort Winners.

    Since September 1, 2008, current Scholars, alumni and parents of both have donated more than $375,000 to the NSP Excellence Account!


    SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 NSP Reunion Tailgate

    Saturday, September 23, 90 minutes prior to kick-off

    Click here to make a gift during the 2016-2017 "Natty Giving Cup" competition cycle (Sept. 1, 2016, to Aug. 31, 2017).

    To receive a special thank you gift

    • Parents must make a donation of at least $600
    • Alumni must make a donation of at least $300
    • Current Scholars must make a donation of at least $100

    To count towards the competition

    • Parents must make a donation of at least $300
    • Alumni must make a donation of at least $150
    • Current Scholars must make a donation of at least $50

    Our goal for this cycle is to break all previous Natty Cup records—and we’ll need over $60,000 in donations by August 31, 2017 to do that. Thank you in advance for being part of a record-breaking year!


Interested in giving a more substantial gift to the NSP, either for scholarships or programmatic enhancements? Please contact Beth Benzing, Associate Director of Development or Sarah Winslow, Director of the National Scholars Program.