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National Scholars Program

A group of National Scholars posing together outside

A Community of Scholars

The 2022 graduating class with Sarah Winslow (left) and Danielle McFarquhar (right)

Since 2000, the National Scholars Program has offered unmatched learning experiences to a select group of Clemson University undergraduate students. Their intellectual, professional and personal development are enhanced by a dynamic, creative, and engaging array of educational enrichment experiences.

As inquisitive learners, National Scholars strive to understand the world around them and to share their knowledge with others.

As leaders in key roles on campus, they shape student and academic life at Clemson.

As National Scholars, these students form a strong community, challenging and supporting each other in their endeavors.

About the Program

Our Vision

The National Scholars Program strives to create a transformative community offering life-changing experiences and developing thoughtful scholar-leaders who listen, critically examine their place in the world, and use their talents to serve.

Our Mission

In collaboration with other University offices and programs, the mission of Clemson's National Scholars Program is as follows:

  • Recruit and select the top high school students applying to the Clemson University Honors College.
  • Provide a competitive scholarship that covers all tuition, fees and other required expenses.
  • Coordinate a rewarding summer of study and travel abroad.
  • Create and program intellectually challenging and rewarding enrichment opportunities.
  • Provide individual and group advising that addresses and enhances the National Scholars’ interests and skills.
  • Prepare the National Scholars to excel in graduate school and on fellowship applications.
Ronnie Clevenstine

“In addition to tangible academic and professional support, being a member of the NSP gave me a home and an extended family during a time of transition, pressure, and collective stress during the COVID-19 crisis; we all continued to show up for each other, even when we were unable to be physically present. The community of intellectually curious peers who genuinely cared about my happiness and holistic health fostered a sense of belonging that carried me through my entire four years at Clemson.”

Veronica (Ronnie) Clevenstine
Program Alumna (2022)

Scholar News

Andrew Pyle

Andrew Pyle recognized for outstanding contributions to the Honors College

Communication faculty member and Interim National Scholars Program Director Andrew Pyle was the 2022 recipient of the Douglas W. Bradbury Award for outstanding contributions to the Clemson University Honors College.

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