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The Clemson University Palmetto Pact is a scholarship and grant initiative aimed at meeting the needs of South Carolina and its students. Through the Palmetto Pact, Clemson will redirect funds to support the state’s commitment to growing a knowledge-based economy and increasing per capita wealth. The program goes into effect with the fall 2005 incoming freshman class.

The Palmetto Pact has three objectives:

1. Provide the work force needed for a knowledge-based, globally competitive economy. The Palmetto Pact will:

Prevent “brain drain” and keep South Carolina’s best and brightest students in-state by:

  • Awarding Palmetto Fellows an additional scholarship of up to $2,500 per year,
  • Increasing scholarship funding available to South Carolinians whose grades, SAT and class rank are in the top tier of the state’s high school seniors,
  • Awarding all top-ranked rising minority and majority seniors at South Carolina high schools a Coca Cola/Clemson Scholarship of up to $2,500 per year.

Provide more graduates who have the math, science and engineering background needed in technology-oriented industries by:

  • Awarding all graduates of the Governor’s School for Math and Science a scholarship of up to $1,000 per year;
  • Awarding all resident students majoring in math education or science education a scholarship of up to $1,000 per year, to provide more science and math teachers for middle and high schools;
  • Expanding the Engineering and Science Living/Learning Community to provide housing-based seminars and other enrichment programs for 350 students;
  • Increasing study-abroad opportunities to help prepare graduates to work in international companies.

2. Foster civic responsibility and public service among tomorrow’s leaders. As a land-grant university, public service is integral to Clemson’s mission. To help prepare graduates to be civic and community leaders, the Palmetto Pact will:

  • Launch the Community Scholars Program, a four -year scholarship program for academically talented and civically-engaged students who want to explore the nature of community and civic life through study, service, and research experiences in communities here in SC as well as abroad.
  • Introduce Civics and Service House, a living and learning community in University Housing open to students of any major interested in learning about careers in public service and in initiating community and public service projects in partnership with local communities across South Carolina.
  • Promote the Campbell Scholars and America Reads Programs, both of which provide financial or scholarship assistance to service-oriented students who tutor and mentor elementary and middle-school students in local school near Clemson's campus.
  • Increase funding for Community Service grants.

3. Ensure access to all South Carolinians regardless of income, with emphasis on under-represented populations. The Palmetto Pact will:

  • Provide a “safety net” for S.C. students who do not qualify for a LIFE, Palmetto Fellow, Pell or other privately funded award to ensure that no S.C. entering freshman pays full tuition during the first year transition to college;
  • Focus Community Service grants on need-based criteria;
  • Include need-based criteria in selection of Campbell Scholars
  • Provide tailored, one-to-one assistance with financial aid and work-study applications for minority students

Scholarships amounts listed are maximum amounts and may be adjusted depending on other scholarships or grants the student has received. If a student qualifies for more than one Palmetto Pact scholarship, the larger will be awarded. Students must be accepted for admission in order to qualify for Palmetto Pact scholarship or grant.