Clemson University Foundation Scholarships and Grants

Restricted on the Clemson University campus, Clemson SC

Generally, Clemson University Foundation scholarships are non-renewable one-time awards for one academic year. They are restricted to full-time undergraduate students unless otherwise noted. The awarding of need-based scholarships requires students to complete the FAFSA by the priority deadline of January 2 for freshmen and April 1 for upperclassmen.

CU Foundation scholarships are awarded based on criteria found in the scholarship fund agreement, academic performance and amount of other Clemson University Scholarships previously accepted by the student.

No scholarship application is required except for the scholarships listed below. Students are automatically reviewed and considered for all other university scholarships.

  • Restricted CU Foundation Scholarships with Application Requirements

    It is not necessary to apply for a particular scholarship or have prior knowledge of eligibility criteria except for the following programs: APPLY ONLY IF YOU MEET THE PREFERENCE REQUIREMENTS.

    James W. and Margaret Grainger Clark Scholarship Trust Fund provides several scholarships. The first preference is given to graduates of Tamassee-Salem High School who have resided at the Tamassee DAR School or students who have resided at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. The second preference is given to a son or daughter of a member in good standing of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Staff Senate Endowed Scholarships are awarded to children of currently employed full-time Clemson University staff (not faculty) members. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement and to students demonstrating financial need. A FAFSA is required to receive this scholarship (January 2 is FAFSA deadline for incoming freshman and April 1 is FAFSA deadline for continuing students). Scholarships are not automatically renewable and require an application each year, which must be submitted by March 1.

    Olivia Jackson McGee Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student in architecture or English. Preference is given to children or grandchildren of Clemson University tenured professors.

    Pierce-Elizabeth Rogers Scholarship is awarded to a resident of Kershaw or Dillon County, with preference given to orphans.

    The Aldridge Family Scholarship is awarded to military veterans or to children of veterans with preference being given to children of fallen veterans. Student recipients are selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid who will carry out the administration of the scholarship. Student recipients must demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA and complete it by the priority deadlines: January 2 for incoming freshmen and April 1 for Upperclassmen.

    Major Julian Delano Dusenbury Presidential Scholarship - A Class of '42 Initiative The applicant must be the child of an active or retired Marine Corps or Marine Reserve personnel. Marine Corps and Marine Reserves Veterans are also encouraged to apply.

    If you meet the qualifications of any of these specific scholarships, please send the Restricted Scholarship Application and a letter (or email) to the Office of Student Financial Aid stating your qualifications. Be sure to include your full name and Clemson ID number in your correspondence.

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Scholarships given to first year freshmen are based on high school records, standardized test scores and other qualifications. First year students who wish to be considered for University awards should apply to Clemson by December 1 and finish the Admissions process by December 31. They should also complete their FAFSA by January 2.
    • Transfer students must complete one full-time semester (at least 12 hours) at Clemson University before being considered for University awards.
    • Scholarships given to upperclassmen are based on the student’s Clemson GPA and earned hours.
    • Continued eligibility for renewable scholarships is dependent on the eligibility criteria established for each award, including GPA, the completion of 12 credits per semester and available funding from the university and/or donor sources. Unless otherwise noted, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for renewal.
    • Scholarships are withdrawn immediately if the eligibility status is not maintained. Awards are subject to reduction or removal based on other funding received or aid awarded.
    • The University Scholarships and Awards Committee reserves the right to interpret the intent of each scholarship in accordance with the donor’s request. In most cases, the donor’s first preference only is listed.