The Christopher J. Duckenfield Scholars Program was established by the family and friends of Dr. Duckenfield, who served Clemson University as Vice Provost for Computing and Information Technology. Fittingly, he was also an alumnus of St. Peter’s College of the University of Oxford. The Duckenfield Scholars Program enables one or two members of the Calhoun Honors College, who demonstrate extraordinary talent, motivation, commitment and ability, to attend St. Peter’s College. The annual selection of the Duckenfield Scholars is highly competitive and requires submission of a written application and personal interviews. In addition to scholastic excellence of the highest caliber, Duckenfield Scholars are expected to demonstrate the ability to adapt to the tutorial style of learning that exemplifies university education at Oxford and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The program has been established for students who desire to have an experience in another culture and to broaden their global perspectives.
St. Peter's College was founded in 1929 by Dr. Christopher Chavasse, who became the college's first Master and guided the institution through 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. For more information about St. Peter's College please visit their website at http://oxsummerschools.co.uk/courses/index.html.