University scholarships and grants are awarded to both entering freshmen and upperclassmen. Scholarship awarding usually occurs twice a year; once in the spring for the next academic year and once in the fall (called make-up awarding) for the spring semester of the current academic year.
Scholarship award amounts and eligibility criteria vary widely. While the number of scholarships grows each year, funding is limited. Because of the high caliber of the applicant pool, many deserving students are not awarded scholarship assistance. All accepted entering freshmen and enrolled continuing students will be automatically considered for each University-administered scholarship for which they are eligible. Transfer students must have completed one full-time semester at Clemson University before they will be considered for University scholarships. Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (eligible for federal Title IV aid) to qualify for consideration. Official registrar office records will be consulted to determine major, class, GPR and other selection criteria. It is not necessary to apply for a particular scholarship or have prior knowledge of eligibility criteria except for a few select restricted scholarships. These specific scholarships are listed in the "Restricted" section below.
There are four main categories of scholarships at Clemson University:
Additional Clemson Scholarship Opportunities
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The National Scholars Program offers Clemson's top academic recruiting scholarship (covering tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses) as well as extensive educational enrichment opportunities (study abroad, specialized coursework, dedicated mentoring). Selection is based on a review of top applications to the Calhoun Honors College and a rigorous, in-person interview process. » More information
The National Merit Scholarship is available for National Merit finalists who meet specific requirements. Clemson University will offer the finalists a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable for up to 3 years (a total of 8 terms). Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for specific details.
Other academic recruiting scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to entering freshmen on the basis of their admissions applications, beginning in the fall. A financial aid application is not required.
These scholarships are renewable for an additional three years of continuous undergraduate study for students who continue to meet the minimum prescribed academic criteria. The criteria are usually a cumulative 3.0 GPR and a minimum of 12 credits completed each semester. Academic standing will be monitored at the end of each academic year in May. Recipients who do not meet the scholarship criteria for renewal can make up their deficiencies in summer school and submit a letter of appeal.
Academic recruiting scholarships awarded to out-of-state residents can include a companion Out-of-State Tuition Scholarship/Non-Resident Merit Scholarship that covers part or all of the out-of-state tuition and fee differential (unless otherwise noted). The Out-of-State Tuition Scholarship/Non-Resident Merit Scholarship is available only during periods of enrollment when the recipient is eligible to receive the recruiting scholarship stipend. Stipends indicated in the scholarship listing are maximums. Awards may be reduced because of funding or other aid awarded.
Freshman Recruiting Scholarships 2014-2015
All incoming freshmen who file the FAFSA by Clemson’s March 1st priority deadline are considered for Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work Study, and all Federal loan programs. South Carolina residents are considered for Palmetto Fellows (application available through high schools), LIFE, HOPE, and SC Need-Based Grants through the state. Over 98% 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 Trustee Scholarship, Clemson Scholars or Palmetto Pact.)
Trustee Scholarship (or Other Named Scholarship)
Palmetto Pact Scholarship
Note: Students with a Palmetto Fellows award and who declare a major that is eligible for the South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement will receive an additional one-time freshman award of $3,300 which can be replaced by $3,300 of state funds for the students’ sophomore, junior, and senior years if the student meets the requirements for the Palmetto Fellows enhancement.
Out-of-State (Domestic) Students
Non-Resident Merit Scholarship
Clemson Non-Resident Grant
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. Test scores need to be received by Clemson on or before March 1st.
* Students applying to Clemson from secondary schools which do not calculate class rank will still be considered for merit scholarships.
Clemson strives to offer outstanding academic programs to a diverse student body.
The University’s commitment to diversity is founded in the knowledge that intellectual, social and cultural diversity are essential ingredients in the educational process.
As part of Clemson’s effort to create a diverse student body, several academic scholarships have been developed. All accepted applicants are considered for these scholarships. With the exception of the Clemson Scholars Program, the criteria used in evaluating candidates include:
Students who wish to be considered for diversity scholarships should apply for admissions by Dec. 1 and complete the admissions process by Dec. 31. To be considered for need-based scholarships, applicants must also submit the FAFSA by March 1. All accepted entering freshmen will be automatically considered for each diversity scholarship for which they are considered eligible. Official registrar office records will be consulted to determine selection criteria.
Recipients of Restricted University Scholarships are selected under polices set forth by the University Scholarships and Awards Committee in early spring, with recipients being notified in late April.
No scholarship application is required, but admissions acceptance must be finalized before consideration can be given to prospective recipients. The awarding of need-based scholarships requires the receipt of a processed FAFSA that should be submitted directly to the federal processor by March 1 to allow ample processing time.
It is not necessary to apply for a particular scholarship or have prior knowledge of eligibility criteria except for the following programs:
If you meet the qualifications of any of these specific scholarships, please send a letter (or email) to the Student Financial Aid Office stating your qualifications. Be sure to include your full name and Clemson ID number in your correspondence.
Scholarships awarded to freshmen are based on high school records, entrance examination scores and other qualifications established by the appropriate selection committee. Scholarships are restricted to full-time undergraduate students unless otherwise noted. Transfer students must complete one full-time semester at Clemson University before they will be considered for University scholarships.
Students should check with their departments and colleges about the availability of scholarships not directly administered by the University. Faculty members often help administer grants and support from outside sources.www.clemson.edu/ces/students/scholarships/michelin .