Emerging Scholars at Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Current Students

Welcome ES students! Here you will find everything you need to know about upcoming events, including information about your summer experience at Clemson. Don’t forget to check out the resource page for information about financial aid, the SAT, the ACT and more! Also remember to contact Amber if any of your contact information has changed.

Future Scholars

The primary purpose of the Clemson University Emerging Scholars Program is to help students who have the ability to succeed in college but either have not worked to their full academic potential during their first nine years of schooling or are not sure about college in general. Most students selected for this program would require financial assistance to attend college.  If you successfully complete the three summer programs and follow the recommendations of the program directors regarding your high school preparation, you will be assisted in the admission process to any college or university of your choice.  

If selected, there are several obligations you need to be aware of. You will need to attend the following:

  • One week residential program at Clemson University from June 7- June 15, 2017 
  • Two week residential program at Clemson University during the summer of 2018
  • Three week residential program at Clemson University during the summer of 2019
  • Weekly after school club meetings in your school
  • Mandatory workshops at USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale, SC throughout the academic year
  • Parents are expected to attend Parent Weekend June 9-11, 2017

There will not be any cost to you throughout the program. However, you will need to do the following to guarantee your participation every year:

  • Attend all summer programs and workshops
  • Attend all college access workshops and college tours
  • Attend 15 hours a semester of after school sessions
  • Maintain an average no lower than a C
  • Have no outstanding discipline issues at your school
  • Update program staff of any changes in contact information
  • Not be a part of any other college access program (i.e., Upward Bound)

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, carefully complete the enclosed application, the questionnaire and ask someone other than a family member, guidance counselor, or peer to complete the recommendation form (Examples include teachers, religious leaders, employers, or community leaders). Return all of these things to your high school guidance counselor by Friday March 17, 2017. Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of their thoughtful responses to the questions on this application as well as other information provided by your guidance counselor.

IMPORTANT: Prior to applying to this program, please consider that this is a very competitive application process. Every year more students are nominated than we can accept. As a result of this, we ask that you only apply if you are genuinely interested in participating. If you are selected and drop out, your slot will not be replaced and you will have PREVENTED another student from participating in this unique program. Again, please do not apply for this program unless you are genuinely interested in participating. THIS IS A THREE YEAR PROGRAM, NOT A SUMMER CAMP. Also, if you do not return for every summer portion of the program, you will no longer be a participant.

Application Download Counselor Recommendation

2017 Important Dates

  • Friday, 3/17: Applications due to guidance counselors
  • Monday, 4/17: Decision letters mailed to student
  • May TBA: Mandatory meeting for all participants
  • Wednesday, 6/7: Students arrive at Clemson
  • Friday, 6/9 – Sunday, 6/11: Parent Awareness Weekend Thursday, 6/15: Students return home

Student Check-List

  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Recommendation #2
  • Student application
  • Copy of high school transcript
  • Copy of PACT scores
  • Student questions


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