South Carolina residents are considered for Palmetto Fellows (application available through high schools), LIFE, HOPE, and S.C. Need-Based Grants through the state. Over 98 percent of all in-state Clemson freshmen receive either the Palmetto Fellows or LIFE scholarship.
South Carolina Residents
(A student may receive only one of the Resident Merit Scholarship, Clemson Scholars or Palmetto Pact.)
Resident Merit Scholarship (or Other Named Scholarship)
The top student at each South Carolina public high school, as ranked at the end of the junior year, will be considered for a renewable scholarship. Selected students from independent schools will also be considered for the Clemson Scholars Scholarship.
Palmetto Pact Scholarship
Palmetto Fellows have the opportunity to qualify for one or both of the Presidential funds listed below. A Presidential Scholarship recognizes those Palmetto Fellows who have test scores above the incoming class average. In addition, a Presidential Grant takes into account those Palmetto Fellows who demonstrate substantial financial need as defined by the FAFSA.
As an add-on to the Palmetto Pact or Clemson Scholars Scholarship listed above, Palmetto Fellows who score at least a 1450 (EBRW+M) on the SAT or a 32 on the ACT composite will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship which is an additional renewable scholarship. Test scores must be received in the Admissions Office on or before December 31 to qualify.
As an add-on to the Palmetto Pact or Clemson Scholars Scholarship listed above, Palmetto Fellows who demonstrate substantial financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for the Presidential Grant which is an additional renewable grant. Incoming freshmen must complete the FAFSA online on or before January 2 to qualify.
In addition to the awards listed above, Clemson considers all admitted freshmen (in-state or out-of-state) for our restricted scholarships, which are usually donated by alumni and other friends of the University and awarded to incoming students. Typically, about 15% of our admitted students are offered one of these scholarships.
This list is not inclusive of all scholarships, eligibility criteria, or renewability requirements.
The high school transcript submitted for admission evaluation will be the same transcript used to determine merit scholarship eligibility.
* Students applying to Clemson from secondary schools which do not calculate class rank will still be considered for merit scholarships.
** Students with exceptionally high test scores who are not in the top 10% of their high school class will also be considered for merit scholarships.
***Weighted rank (if applicable) is used in this determination.