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National Scholars Program

Program Experience

Using Their Skills and Talents to Serve

The National Scholars Program is Clemson University’s most prestigious and selective undergraduate scholarship.

A small, select cohort of new first-year undergraduate students are invited to become Scholars every year. They are selected based on their ability to demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, a wide range of interests and experiences, leadership ability, and the potential to make an impact on their local and global communities.

These students receive a cost-of-attendance award; have access to dedicated academic, personal, and professional development opportunities; and join a community of learners who are focused on making a difference.

In addition to the benefits offered directly by the NSP, Scholars also are members of the Clemson University Honors College. Explore other program benefits below. 

Two female students hugging in the National Scholars Program office.


National Scholars receive advice and mentorship support in many ways, including through NSP staff, Honors advisors, affiliated faculty, and from their peers and program alumni.

Experiential Learning

National Scholars have the freedom to forge their own academic, personal, and professional paths at Clemson and can access experiences that enhance their learning, both in the classroom and around the world.

NSP Scholars sitting at tables and doing an activity in the NSP office.

Explore the NSP Office

The NSP office, located in the Honors Center on campus, is open 24/7 for Scholars and staff to gather to work, socialize, and build community. Many Scholars see this space as their "home away from home." NSP staff all have offices in the suite and their proximity to Scholars helps them provide the intensive advising and mentoring that is a hallmark of the NSP.

Opportunity to Live in the Honors Residential College

National Scholars live and learn in the Honors Residential College on campus, which is more than your typical residence hall. Staff, including a Faculty-in-Residence, aim to enhance student residents' intellectual engagement, as well as their personal, professional and leadership development.

Explore the HRC
A photo of a community space and kitchen in the Honors Residential College.