Since 2002, the Emerging Scholars Program has made higher education a reality for students who did not see college in their future. The Emerging Scholars Program's mission at Clemson University is to establish a college-going culture among students in families from the state’s low-economic areas through academic enrichment, developing leadership skills, and increasing college preparedness. Students are taught that knowing the basics of reading, writing and math are the most important factors in high school and college completion. These skills are emphasized throughout their participation in the program and more information on the basics of applying to any college or university. Even though the students attend summer sessions on Clemson University's campus, the goal of college attendance is not limited to Clemson. The students are encouraged to apply and attend any college of their choice, with an emphasis on schools in the state of South Carolina.
Clemson University is committed to the Emerging Scholars Program and is excited to announce the following scholarship offer:
- Emerging Scholars that enroll at Clemson University are eligible to receive a scholarship that covers tuition, required fees, room, board, and a stipend for books/supplies. This scholarship is a last-dollar award, which means that it be funded by all offered federal, state and university scholarships and grants, and collectively referred to as the “Emerging Scholars Scholarship.”
- To be eligible initially, high school seniors who have participated in this program must file the FAFSA by the January 2 deadline for incoming freshmen. The FAFSA can be completed at fafsa.ed.gov.
- This offer can be renewed, up to eight semesters, annually by maintaining a 2.5 Clemson University GPA, 24 earned credit hours, filing a FAFSA by April 1 each school year, and meeting all requirements set by Emerging Scholars staff members.