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.

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. Self-nominiation is accepted.
  • Contact information for one reference from Clemson (student, staff or faculty).

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