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Breakthrough Scholars Program

193 Cribb Hall
511D Fort Hill Street
Clemson, SC 29634


Support the Breakthrough Scholars Program

Interested in supporting our Breakthrough Scholars Program, either for scholarships or programmatic enhancements? Please contact Sherece Smith, Associate Director of the Breakthrough Scholars Program.

You can also make an online gift to the program. Choose "Clemson Honors Breakthrough Scholars Program account" in the pulldown menu under your donation amount. 

2022 Breakthrough Scholars posing together outside the Honors Center on Clemson University campus.

Breakthrough Scholars Program Staff

Sherece Smith

Sherece Smith

Associate Director
M.Ed. Counselor Education - Student Affairs

Sherece is originally from Clemson, South Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College. She completed her graduate degree at Clemson University and received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education - Student Affairs. For the past 8 years, she has worked in education helping both high school and college students succeed in their academic and career goals. She has experience teaching, advising, event planning and programming, as well as working with a variety of students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented populations, student-athletes, economically disadvantaged, and high achieving students. In her most recent role, she worked in college athletics as the Director of Player Personnel and Video Operations for the Women’s Basketball Team at Campbell University and was primarily responsible for planning and promoting summer camps. Prior to that, Sherece served as a Young Scholars Educational Advisor at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Virginia, helping high-achieving high school students prepare for and apply to highly selective colleges and universities across the country.


Alejandro Mejia-Tejada

Graduate Assistant
B.S., Clemson University

Alejandro is a Clemson Tiger, and received his Bachelor's in Mathematical Sciences and American Sign Language Minor in May of 2023. Alejandro is originally from Greenville, SC and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counselor Education as part of the Student Affairs program at Clemson. Alejandro hopes to work in higher education after completing his master's degree, with specific interests in leadership and involvement programs. In his free time, he is likely either hanging out with friends, going to a sporting event, or partaking in another one of his hobbies such as photography and thrift shopping.