Rising Star Award

Welcome! The Clemson University Rising Star Award is an annual award given to a first or second year student who is currently involved in leadership or service activities at Clemson University and actively pursuing future leadership roles. The recipient of this award sets a strong example for other student leaders and motivates peers to make a positive impact on the Clemson community.

The Rising Star Award is administered by New Student and Family Programs in the Division of Student Affairs. The criteria used to select the award winner are stated below; note that the letter of recommendation is a requirement and must be received by the application deadline.

Award criteria are:

  • A first year or second year student with a minimum of 15 credit hours completed at Clemson University.
  • A minimum GPR of 3.0.
  • Currently involved in leadership or service activities at Clemson University.
  • Actively pursuing future leadership roles.
  • Completed application.
  • Letter of recommendation from a student, staff or faculty member that is involved in the applicant's organization, who can attest to the student's current involvement as well as his/her future commitment to the organization.

The winner will be recognized and honored with a plaque at the annual Student Awards Banquet in the spring.

Past Winners:

2014:  Darien Smith

2013:  Ali Fehling

2012:  No award presented

2011: Kody Frey

2010: Melanie Francis

2009: Ashley Lawhon