South Carolina residents are considered for Palmetto Fellows (application available through high schools), LIFE, HOPE, and S.C. Need-Based Grants through the state. Over 98 percent of all in-state Clemson freshmen receive either the Palmetto Fellows or LIFE scholarship.
South Carolina Residents
(A student may receive only one of the Trustee Scholarship, Clemson Scholars or Palmetto Pact.)
Trustee Scholarship (or Other Named Scholarship)
The top student at each South Carolina public high school, as ranked at the end of the junior year, is awarded a renewable Clemson Scholars award. Selected students from independent schools are also awarded the Clemson Scholars Scholarship. For 2018-19 year, this scholarship amount will be a renewable $2,500 award.
Palmetto Pact Scholarship
All students (except those already identified as Clemson Scholars) who enroll at Clemson and are awarded a Palmetto Fellows from the state of South Carolina will receive a renewable scholarship from Clemson. For 2018-19 year, this scholarship amount will be a renewable $1,500 award.
Palmetto Fellows have the opportunity to qualify for one or both of the Presidential funds listed below. A Presidential Scholarship recognizes those Palmetto Fellows who have test scores above the incoming class average. In addition, a Presidential Grant is offered to those students, who as Palmetto Fellows, have financial need as defined by the FAFSA. Either fund requires test scores and/or FAFSA submission on or before March 1.
As an add-on to the Palmetto Pact or Clemson Scholars Scholarship listed above, Palmetto Fellows who score at least a 1450 (EBRW+M) on the SAT or a 32 on the ACT composite will receive the Presidential Scholarship which is an additional renewable scholarship. For 2018-19 year, this scholarship is valued at $1,500 annually ($750 per semester) and can be renewed for a total of eight semesters. Test scores must be received in the Admissions Office on or before March 1 to qualify.
As an add-on to the Palmetto Pact or Clemson Scholars Scholarship listed above, Palmetto Fellows who demonstrate substantial financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will receive the Presidential Grant which is an additional renewable grant. For 2018-19 year, this scholarship is valued at $1,500 annually ($750 per semester) and can be renewed for a total of eight semesters. Incoming freshmen must complete the FAFSA online on or before March 1 to qualify.
In addition to the awards listed above, Clemson considers all admitted freshmen (in-state or out-of-state) for our restricted scholarships, which are usually donated by alumni and other friends of the University and awarded to incoming students. Typically, about 15% of our admitted students are offered one of these scholarships.
This list is not inclusive of all scholarships, eligibility criteria, or renewability requirements.
The high school transcript submitted for admission evaluation will be the same transcript used to determine merit scholarship eligibility.
* Students applying to Clemson from secondary schools which do not calculate class rank will still be considered for merit scholarships.
** Students with exceptionally high test scores who are not in the top 10% of their high school class will also be considered for merit scholarships.
***Weighted rank (if applicable) is used in this determination.