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Summer Scholars

About Us

Lacey Edgerton, Program Director

G02-C Sirrine Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Phone: 864-656-2314

Hi! I am Lacey Edgerton, the Director of the Clemson University Summer Scholars Program. I come from a background in student programming and recruitment at the community college level and I’m excited to join Clemson University and the Summer Scholars Program.

I completed my bachelor’s degree at Wingate University with a concentration in history and criminal justice, researching rural education and child abuse prevention programming, respectively. I have my master’s degree from Clemson University in the Youth Development Leadership program. I’ve loved being able to connect positive youth development theories and best practices to the camps setting!

At Summer Scholars, we strive to provide students with the best camp on campus experience, allowing them to engage in immersive courses, immerse themselves in the Clemson University culture, and build intentional connections with their peers. Summer Scholars is a fantastic way to promote an affinity for college and explore academic paths.


Donna Buss, Administrative Coordinator

G02-B Sirrine Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Phone: 864-656-5535

Hey there, I'm Donna Buss. I started at Clemson University in 2020 as an Administrative Coordinator with Summer Scholars. Summer Scholars provides me an opportunity to work with youth and parents in a variety of settings. I work in unison with staff and instructors to help create memorable experiences for our scholars, including scheduling programs, courses, and activities throughout the year. Additionally, I manage the registrations and most parent contacts for Summer Scholars.

I have my master's degree from Clemson University in Youth Development Leadership. I have been a camp counselor, public school teacher, trainer, preschool director, office manager, and most importantly, Mom. I have 2 girls, Harper and Ainsley. My husband, Michael, and I have been married for over 28 years! I ultimately found my way to Clemson and am so excited for the wonderful opportunities that await.

Leslie Heffington, Operations Coordinator

I grew up in Gainesville, Florida and attended The Floriday State University. I am currently obtaining my PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a focus on youth development. Specifically, my research involves staff training at summer camps. In my spare time, I like to hang out at the lake, hike, watch documentaries, and relax with my cat Sophie!


Summer Scholars counselors 2022.

Our Mission

Provide a safe, fun, supportive environment in which scholars explore new, challenging and educational experiences, learn from positive role models, and build skills for life year after year.

Our Vision

Create a rich, multi-faceted, continually evolving program where scholars learn about themselves, develop vital skills, and realize their intellectual potential and leadership abilities. Academic summer camps are one of many Out-of-School time activities effective for building youth-friendly communities.

Summer Scholars campers 2022.
Summer Scholars campers 2022.

Our Goals

Provide safe, engaging, academic and social opportunities for scholars | Increase college awareness and postsecondary education attendance | Attract and hire diverse and multiculturally sensitive staff | Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion | Engage in actively antiracist practices | Honor the power of young people with meaningful participation in decision-making

Statement of Inclusion

Summer Scholars believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people of all abilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others.

We strive to become an increasingly inclusive and welcoming environment for our community, strongly affirming the value of inclusivity in all areas of camp life and culture.

Summer Scholars encourages meaningful participation, and when we stumble, because sometimes we are not sensitive, we are committed to learn, invest, and reflect more deeply into the values we strive to uphold.

As a community, we know that an important aspect of inclusion is continually reflecting and evolving as we go. You are always encouraged to communicate with us if you have concerns.