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Named Gifts

One of the major goals of the Clemson University Foundation is to increase the University's inventory of permanently invested capital. Endowment is the foundation upon which all universities build lasting financial strength and ensure academic quality. Once in place, an endowment provides permanent support for teaching, research, graduate and undergraduate student assistance, and a host of other academic programs and activities.

Named Endowed Funds

Clemson University provides opportunities to link, in perpetuity, your name, or the name of someone you select, with the traditions and future of the University through the establishment of a named endowed fund. Multiple named endowment opportunities exist. Minimum funding levels are as follows:

  • Academic support

    Naming opportunity level will be determined at the time of discussion based on the current budget, staffing and expenses.

    • Name of College
    • Name of School
    • Name of Department
    • Name of University Center or Institute
    • Name of College Center or Institute
    • Name of Major Library Collection
  • Unrestricted support

    President's Excellence Fund — $5,000,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use by the president for the pursuit of academic excellence.

    Provost's/Vice President's Excellence Fund — $2,500,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use by the provost or a vice president for the pursuit of academic excellence.

    Dean's Excellence Fund — $1,000,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use by a dean for the pursuit of academic excellence.

    Department Excellence Fund — $500,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use for the continuing support and pursuit of academic excellence within a specified department.

    Excellence Fund — $250,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use by a dean or administrator for the pursuit of excellence.

    Program Enhancement Fund — $100,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use to support a particular academic program, student program or library.

    College Enhancement Fund — $50,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use to support a particular college.

    Unrestricted Fund — $25,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use for continuing support and pursuit of academic excellence.

    Memorial Fund — $10,000
    To provide a fund for unrestricted use for continuing support and pursuit of academic excellence in memory of an alumnus, student, faculty or staff member.
  • Student support

    Undergraduate scholarships Presidential Scholarship Endowment — $500,000
    To provide designated scholarships, with the ability to add restrictions, for academically deserving undergraduates.

    Restricted Scholarships — $250,000
    To provide for an individual scholarship with three or more restrictions to be reviewed by an established gift-acceptance committee.

    Designated Scholarships — $100,000
    To provide an individual scholarship that can be restricted to a college and either a department within that college or a specific geographic area (maximum of two restrictions).

    College Scholarships — $50,000
    To provide a scholarship that can be restricted to a specific college.

    Unrestricted Scholarships — $25,000
    To provide an unrestricted permanent revenue stream in support of an undergraduate student.

    Walter T. Cox Scholarships — Any amount
    To provide a gift of any size to this endowment pool, which provides opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to attend Clemson and helps ensure that Clemson remains accessible to all South Carolinians, while maintaining rigorous academic standards.
    Graduate fellowships Presidential Fellowship — $1,000,000
    To establish a full fellowship program to attract the nation's top graduate students.

    Distinguished Fellowship — $250,000
    To provide financial support for outstanding graduate students.

    Fellowship — $100,000
    To provide recruiting support or research support to a graduate student.
  • Engaged student support

    Clemson National Scholars Program — $10,000,000
    To provide support for the overall National Scholars Program, which is designed to attract the nation's top high school students.

    Clemson National Scholars — $1,000,000
    To support a full scholarship program for the pool of Clemson National Scholars.

    Clemson LeaderShape Program — $1,000,000
    To provide support to cultivate emerging student leaders.

    Library of the Future — $500,000
    To provide support to meet the needs of ever-changing library information and technology.

    Creative Inquiry Fund — $100,000
    To support the ongoing activities of undergraduate research projects.

    Endowment for Student Enrichment — $50,000
    To provide support for undergraduate and graduate student research, internships and travel.

    Endowment for the Clemson Experience — $50,000
    To provide support for undergraduate and graduate cocurricular programs.
  • Faculty support

    Center of Economic Excellence Chair — $2,000,000
    To provide a permanent revenue stream on an annual basis in support of the state of South Carolina's Centers of Economic Excellence program.

    Endowed Chair — $2,000,000
    To fully support the activities of a renowned scholar.

    Visiting Professorship — $500,000
    To support a scholar who provides expertise to the University for a given period of time.

    Distinguished Professorship/Librarianship — $500,000
    To provide supplemental support for an outstanding faculty member or librarian.

    Emerging Faculty Scholar Fund — $250,000
    To support the academic pursuits of an emerging faculty member.

    Distinguished Lecture or Seminar — $100,000
    To support lectures or special seminars by scholars and public figures.

Facilities gift recognition opportunities

Clemson offers opportunities to name buildings or sections of buildings as well as courtyards, gardens or other campus areas in accordance with Clemson University policy as established by the Board of Trustees.

  • New facilities

    Campus and off-campus projects (e.g., buildings, centers, camps, research facilities) will offer physical naming opportunities for rooms, building sections, gardens, walkways, etc. Most of these projects (e.g., Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Athletic Department) will have unique printed material outlining naming opportunities based on building costs or market values as recommended by the Office of Development. Multiple naming opportunities exist.

    Buildings — 25% of actual construction cost
    To provide funds for construction of new facility. Each new building project must be defined to incorporate an endowment for ongoing maintenance.
  • Existing facilities

    Buildings — 25% of building current value
    To provide funds to rehabilitate buildings or endow operations within the building.

    Laboratories — $250,000
    To provide an endowment for the general support of a laboratory.

    Laboratories Named with Gifts-in-Kind — $250,000*
    *Current set naming guideline for an existing lab.
    When equipment for a lab is gifted and the gift-in-kind surpasses the set naming guidelines, the facility will hold the name as long as the equipment is still relevant for teaching and research.

    Lecture Hall — $250,000
    To provide an endowment for the general support of a lecture hall.

    Smart Classroom/Studio — $100,000
    To provide an endowment for the general support of a classroom or studio.

    Historic Restoration Project — $100,000
    To fund a specific restoration project for a University historic property.

    Facility/Historic Property Endowment Fund — $100,000
    To support the ongoing maintenance, acquisition and preservation of a University historic property, artifacts and manuscripts (e.g., Hopewell, Fort Hill).