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National Scholars Program

National Scholars Community

Opportunities to Get (or Stay) Connected

The community formed during the National Scholars Program often lasts long after graduation. We love receiving updates from Scholars about their achievements after graduation and look forward to seeing them at events, such as at our NSP Reunion Weekend.

There are also opportunities for program alumni to reconnect, network, and meet new or prospective Scholars, including their families. Alumni read applications, serve on interview panels at selection, and talk with first-year students as they learn about Clemson and the NSP. If you are a program alumni, please make sure your information is kept up to date with us so we can contact you about upcoming events and other opportunities to stay in touch and involved!

The program is also deeply grateful for the considerable generosity of several Clemson alumni and friends, who help us continue to provide exceptional learning experiences for our Scholars. Interested in giving a more substantial gift to the NSP, either for scholarships or programmatic enhancements? Please contact Kris Fuller, Associate Director of the National Scholars Program.

National Scholar Aaron Woolfolk talking with two men at the 2020 NSP alumni event.

Our Supporters

The National Scholars Program is deeply grateful for the considerable generosity of several Clemson alumni and friends, including the following:

  • Smith-Westmoreland Endowment
  • NSP Endowment
  • NSP Excellence (Natty Cup)
  • Smyth McKissick Endowment 
  • The von Rosenberg Annual National Scholars Fund
  • Richard A. McMahan Endowment for The Clemson National Scholars
  • P. W. and Barbara McAlister Clemson National Scholars - Class of 1941 Endowed Scholarship
  • Class of 1941 Clemson National Scholars Endowment
  • Paul W. & Barbara D. McAlister Clemson National Scholars, A Class of '41 Initiative 

How to Give

There are two primary ways to give to the National Scholars Program:

The NSP Scholarship Fund

The primary goal of the NSP Scholarship Fund is to competitively recruit and attract the top high school students in the United States. 

The NSP Excellence Fund

The NSP Excellence Fund was created in 2009 to support the program’s areas of greatest need in order to address our goal of establishing the National Scholars Program at Clemson University as one of the best in the country. 

Visit "I support CU" to learn how you can support the National Scholars Program. You'll be asked to log in with (or create) your CU Alumni giving information (Note that you do not have to be a CU alumnus to create an account.) This dedicated NSP giving page includes information on the Giving Competition, as well as how to make your donation online using a credit card.

Natty Giving Cup

Starting in 2009 and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Scholars Program, the NSP launched a giving competition among alumni and current Scholars, and began to include cohort parents in the competition in 2011. All Natty Giving Cup donations go to the NSP Excellence Fund.

The 2022 NSP parents holding up their Natty Cup trophy at the 2023 NSP tailgate.
Two female National Scholars dancing in a crowded ballroom.

Annual Tailgate and Selection Weekend

Each year, the NSP hosts its alumni, family, and friends of the program during the Annual Family Weekend Tailgate in the Fall and the Scholarship Selection Weekend in the Spring. These events are opportunities for alumni to reconnect with each other, meet current and prospective scholars, and enjoy time at their alma mater. It is also a chance for the families and friends of the program to continue to stay connected to the NSP. The 2023 Tailgate was on September 16, 2023. The Scholarship Weekend is February 16-17, 2024. Contact Kris Fuller ( to RSVP.