Community scholars apply lessons in service

By Kerry Coffey

Community ScholarsA new initiative is bringing academically talented, socially conscious and civically engaged students to Clemson to integrate public service with their undergraduate experience. The Community Scholars program offers four-year scholarships for students to conduct service projects in communities across the state. It also includes a stipend for service abroad in the junior year and a community research project in the senior year.

For the first two years, Community Scholars live together with like-minded students on a designated floor of the Clemson House that has been named the Civics and Service House. In the Clemson community, they are organizing a haunted house for Clemson Elementary School children and are partnering with Ancheaux’s restaurant to raise money for the American Red Cross.

Other projects will be developed across the state after regular classes end in May. Students in these programs have many opportunities to serve their community while they learn about leadership and civic engagement. Susan Limber of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life is faculty director and Jennifer Shurley is community service coordinator.

“This is a unique model with both local and international projects, as well as a research component,” said John Kelly, vice president for Public Service and Agriculture. “These young people are setting the standard for community and civic engagement.”

For information: Kathy Woodward, 864-656-0205,