The Community Scholars Program

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As a land-grant university, part of Clemson's mission is to encourage civic responsibility and public service. The Community Scholars program emphasizes civic engagement and community leadership and offers recipients the opportunity to learn about civic and community life and combine public service activities with their Clemson experience. Highlights of this four-year program include:

  • receiving as much as $3,000 per year in scholarship funds (fewer funds received in your first year as program begins in spring semester)
  • performing at least 5-7 hours per week of community service with local community organizations and the development of a collective community service project with other program participants;
  • participating in four (1 credit) seminars over the course of four years on the following topics: the University as Community (freshmen year), American Community Life (sophomore year), the Global Community (junior year), and Community-based Research (senior year);
  • living in Civics and Service House, Clemson's new living and learning community for service-minded students;
  • research, service, and travel opportunities.
To be considered, incoming students should complete the application form (see link below) and return it, along with your resume and two recommendations (see link below) from either teachers and/or community service professionals you have worked with to: 
Community Scholars Program
2063 Barre Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0101.

Please return the completed application materials no later than Friday, September 27, 2013, 5 PM. (We will not take any late applications.)  

Link to Community Scholars Application Form (pdf)

We now have an online application. Click on the following link. Link to Community Scholars Online Application.

Recommendation forms are also due Friday, September 27, 2013, 5 PM. (We will not take any late recommendations.)  

Link to Community Scholars Recommendation Form (pdf)

We now have an online recommendation form for Community Scholars. Click on the following link. Link to Community Scholars Online Recommendation Form.

Final Community Scholar awards will be offered based on commitment to community service, promise as a future community leader, recommendations, and optional telephone interview.  As long as recipients of this award continue to remain in good standing with the university, help maintain a collaborative environment, and meet the program's academic and public service commitments during their four years at Clemson, they will remain a member of the Community Scholars program. The award is contingent upon passing a security check.

Up to nine  freshmen will be selected to participate in the Community Scholars program in Spring 2014.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Kathy Woodard, Program Coordinator (phone: 864-656-0205, or e-mail at or

Dr. Sue Limber, Faculty Director (phone: 864-656-6320 or e-mail at