Each year the Emeritus College awards a number of undergraduate scholarships. Each recipient is named an Emeritus Scholar and introduced at our annual Emeritus Day event. The scholarships are awarded to students with the highest GPA without other scholarships.

2021 – 2022 Recipients

Shelby Vanderhoof

Shelby Vanderhoof is from Summerville, South Carolina. Shelby is majoring in Biological Sciences and will graduate in May of 2024. She enjoys participating in the Clemson Spikeball Club as well is an active member of the Clemson Sexuality and Gender Alliance (CSAGA). Her other hobbies include reading, drawing and listening to music. Shelby states, “The scholarship has provided me with more opportunity to attend Clemson University and get the most out of my education here.” The Clemson University Emeritus College would like to congratulate Shelby for being one of the recipients of the 2021-2022 Emeritus College Annual Scholarship for Excellence! The scholarship was awarded to her for academic excellence.


Rebecca Greene (not pictured) received the second Emeritus College Scholarship for Excellence for 2021-2022. She is majoring in Elementary Education.

Past Recipients

2020 – 2021 Recipients

Jonathan Despeaux

Jonathan D. Despeaux is one of two recipients of the Emeritus College Annual scholarship for Excellence. His hometown is Charleston, South Carolina and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in mathematics. He plans to graduate in December 2022. Jonathan’s hobbies/extracurricular activities include mechanical restoration of automobiles, running, hiking, and cooking. When asked how the scholarship has helped him, he replied, “The Clemson Emeritus scholarship has further enabled me to reach my educational goals by mitigating the extensive cost of earning a college degree. This has allowed me to focus on my studies without having to worry as much about taking on student loans and other financial debt. This will, overall, benefit me by allowing me to start my career once I graduate without the common burden of being in debt.”

Joseph Riddell

Joseph E. Riddell, Jr. is a recipient of the Emeritus College Annual Scholarship for Excellence. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, he will graduate in May 2021 with a major in Economics. Joseph is on the triathlon team and loves running and simply being outdoors. The Emeritus College Annual Scholarship has helped him achieve his dreams, by assisting with his tuition. He will be able to graduate without an economic burden, and will be able to pursue my career in financial planning!

2019 – 2020 Recipients

Rayyan Alam

Rayyan Alam is the recipient of the Kenelly-Voss Scholarship. This scholarship was started in 1985 by Dr. John Kenelly, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Sciences. The scholarship is awarded every three years to the incoming freshman with the largest number of advanced credits through the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Rayyan is originally from Austell, Georgia but has grown up in Clemson, SC. He is currently studying General Engineering and is planning to graduate in 2023 majoring in Bioengineering. When not in class, Rayyan is involved with the Formula SAE Aerodynamics division, Clemson’s MedEx Club, Clemson MSA, FIMRC, the Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society and the Student Funding Board. He enjoys working on cars, photography and videography, biking, cooking and exercising. Since he is planning on attending medical school after graduation, Rayyan is thankful for the Kenelly-Voss Scholarship stating that the scholarship will assist in his goal to graduate debt-free.

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson is one of two recipients of the Emeritus College Annual Scholarship for Excellence. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, he will graduate in May 2020 with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. He has served as a resident assistant (RA) in Lightsey Bridge and served on the Resident Assistant Advisory and as a Community Development Assistant. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity and the second oldest organization on Clemson’s campus, in which he has held various positions on the executive board including the Vice President of Service. He currently works as an intern for Residential Living (University Housing and Dining) where he assists in collecting and sorting feedback and writes lesson plans for RAs. In addition to engaging in community service with his fraternity brothers, he really enjoys spending quality time with friends going hiking, trying new restaurants and going to performances and movies. He enjoys video games, watching Netflix and sleeping. When asked how the scholarship will assist him, Drew replied, “This scholarship has relieved a significant amount of financial burden from my plate and has provided me the opportunity to spend more time focused on my academic endeavors, community involvement and personal development. I know very well how expensive obtaining an undergraduate degree can be, and I am incredibly grateful for the support from this award. I plan to fully take advantage of the opportunity that’s been given to me by continuing to work hard in classes, furthering my professional and personal development by utilizing the many resources provided by Clemson University and by reaching out to others who may be facing more stringent financial circumstances and working to help them succeed as this award has helped me do so.”

Jordan Kiser (not pictured) is majoring in Political Science and is from Myrtle Beach, SC.

2018 – 2019 Recipients

Sophie Nance

Sophie Nance grew up in Aiken, South Carolina and will graduate in May 2019. She is majoring in health sciences with a preprofessional health studies concentration and a minor in psychology. Sophie is a very active member of the Clemson University Honors College serving as an Honors Ambassador for three years as well as being a member and past chair of the Honors Students Advisory Board. Sophie has served abroad on a medical mission trip to Guatemala through the Clemson Chapter of Vida Volunteer and is currently Campus Coordinator for this organization. During her time at Clemson, she has had two on-campus jobs that are both rooted in tutoring. She has worked at the Academic Success Center for over five semesters as a tutor for chemistry and for the past three semesters has served as a lead tutor to help other science tutors better their practice. She also serves as a tutor for the Athletic Academic Services as a tutor. She tutors chemistry for this program as well as biology and epidemiology. Sophie has served as a volunteer for two free clinics, the Clemson Free Clinic and the Rosa Park Clinic. Lastly, she has been part of the Honors College's departmental honors program through the Health Sciences Department. She is helping to enact a public health intervention that utilizes yoga to improve physiological characteristics in vulnerable elderly adults to help prevent future falls.

Her favorite hobby at Clemson is playing a multitude of intramural sports with her friends. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her cat, Kobe, as well as enjoys being active outdoors. Sophie stated that she plans to attend medical school in the coming year, so the scholarship will assist during her final year at Clemson ease the financial stress before furthering her education. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be awarded this prestigious scholarship and thanked all who played a part in making the scholarship possible. See Sophie's Profile (PDF).


Sarah Wetherell (not pictured) is a junior majoring in Health Science. She is from Chapin, South Carolina.

2017 – 2018

Luke Badger

Luke Badger grew up in Taylors, SC and will graduate in December, 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Biological Sciences and a minor in English. Luke has been very active while at Clemson University living for two years in the Cultural Exchange Community as well as studying abroad on a medical mission in Costa Rica with ISL Clemson. He also has been an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Functional Human Anatomy class for the past two years.

Luke enjoys hiking, writing, tennis and traveling. Luke stated that the Emeritus College Annual Scholarship for Excellence will help as he transitions to medical school and to further his educational experiences.

Kendalee Marcus

Kendalee Marcus grew up in Clemson, SC and loves Clemson Football, working with children in any context and spending time with her cat and family. She is very involved with her church and enjoys serving in local and international missions. Kendalee serves as the fundraising chair for Clemson’s Council for Exceptional Children and for the past year has been working on a Creative Inquiry course studying the effects of Positive Behavioral Supports in schools. Her team has been invited to present at the National PBIS Leadership Forum in Chicago.

Kendalee is majoring in Special Education and will graduate in May 2018. She states the scholarship will relieve a great deal of stress surrounding the price of textbooks. Kendalee stated she is incredibly honored to receive the scholarship and is thankful to those who made the scholarship a possibility.

2016 – 2017

Amanda Bluhm

Amanda Bluhm grew up in Northern Virginia in which she loved dancing and currently is a member of the Clemson Dancers specializing in tap. Amanda always looks forward to performing in the organization’s spring showcase. Amanda has a passion for traveling and was privileged to travel with her family beginning at a very young age. As she has gotten older, she has done more traveling on her own and with various groups. Two of Amanda’s favorite trips were to Antarctica in December of 2015 and Tanzania in June of 2017. After receiving her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy, Culture, and Diversity, she is planning to get her Master’s in Education before beginning to teach early elementary students.

Rachael Reed (not pictured) is from Easley, South Carolina and is majoring in Language and International Health.

2014 – 2015

Janse and Jolly

Kaila Burns-Heffner is a sophomore Communication Studies major from Woodbine, Maryland. She is a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, and interns with The Clemson Insider. She hopes to work in the field of sports broadcasting in the future.

Christa Lynn Michaels (not pictured) is a Landscape Architecture major.

2013 – 2014

Janse and Jolly

Bridget Janse and Rollins Jolly are this year’s Emeritus Scholars. Bridget is a junior majoring in special education and psychology. She is from Charleston. Rollins is a junior wildlife and fisheries major from Dalton, Georgia. He is a member of the Army ROTC.

2012 – 2013


Caroline Burke is a sophomore, political science and business major. She is from Charlotte, N.C. and plans to work in the field of international relations.

2011 – 2012


Kelly R. O’Connor, a junior nursing major from Chicago was the spring recipient. She is in the Air Force ROTC and plays on the Girls Ultimate Frisbee Club at Clemson.

Kathryn Elizabeth Steed (not pictured), a senior marketing major from Katy, Texas was the fall recipient.
2010 – 2011


Board Chair Harold Woodell presents a certificate to Brittany Lehmann, the first Emeritus Scholar. Brittany is a senior psychology major from Brentwood, Tennessee.


Katherine Vendley, a Health Science major from Davidson, North Carolina was named an Emeritus Scholar for the spring semester.