The Christopher J. Duckenfield Scholars Program was established by his family and friends to honor his memory. Dr. Duckenfield, at Clemson University for 26 years, last served as Clemson's Vice Provost for Computing and Information Technology. Fittingly enough, he was also an alumnus of St. Peter's College, Oxford.
The Duckenfield Scholars Program is designed to identify and enable one or two members of the Calhoun Honors College, who demonstrate extraordinary talent, motivation, commitment, and ability, to attend St. Peter's Summer School at Magdalen College, Oxford University, each summer. The program has been established for students who desire to experience another culture and to broaden their global perspective.
About St. Peter's College
St. Peter's College was founded in 1929 by Dr. Christopher Chavasse, who became the college's first Master and guided the institutionnthrough its first ten years. Although the institution itself is relatively young (Oxford's University College was founded in nearly seven centuries earlier), its buildings stand on the site of the New Hall Inn, dating to 1476. During the English Civil War of the 1640s, New Hall was seized by King Charles and was converted into the Royal Mint where silver objects were melted to produce coinage. After the Civil War, it resumed its academic functions until 1887 when Balliol College acquired it and was used as a residence for fellows and scholars. When Dr. Chavasse bought New Hall and renamed it St. Peter's Hall, he envisioned it as a college for "Low Church" young men from families of modest means. In 1961 St. Peter's gained full collegiate status and changed its name accordingly. Visit the St. Peter's College Website for more information.
The deadline to apply for the 2018 Duckenfield Scholars Program is Friday, November 17, 2017.