Parents and Families

Parents' Fund


Clemson is committed to its students and focuses on their enrichment and education above everything else. You can help enhance the Clemson Experience for students through contributions to the Parents’ Fund. Contributions are used to support nonbudgeted needs and enhance the educational opportunities and safety of all Clemson students.

  • Alternative Break Trips: Wheter assisting families devastated from Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, MO tornado or building homes for needy families in the Dominican Republic, the Alternative Break Program sends students to areas of need during spring, fall and winter breaks to better not only the lives of other people, but themselves as well.
  • Aspire: Aspire (CU 1000 requirement) is a peer-led health and safety-focused dialogue presented by Healthy Campus facilitators. The dialogue covers three areas key to maintaining a safe campus: alcohol misuse, mental health, and sexual victimization in adherence with Title IX. Approximately 40 undergraduate and graduate students serve as program facilitators each semester.
  • Campus Beach & Recreation Area: A unique entity just outside of Clemson's campus, comprising 56,000 acreas of water and 962 miles of shoreline, Lake Hartwell provides students the opportunity for recreation and relaxation in additional to an expansive place for hands-on learning. At the Campus Beach and Recreation Area students are able to participte in outdoor classrooms, rent recreation equipment, practice for sports such as sailing and scuba diving, and meet friends for a casual afternoon at the lake.
  • Career Center Computer Software: for 5 years in a row, Clemson has been ranked in the top 10 for its career services by The Princeton Review. Top-notch employment opportunity software and a resource-intensive website greatly contribute to outstanding career services at the Michelin Career Center.
  • Emergency Fund: Designed to help students stay on the path toward graduation even among tragedy, this fund comprises monies set aside to assist students during financial hardships. Students encountering a family death, natural disaster or other difficult circumstances may receive Emergency Fund support to keep them enrolled in school and on track academically and emotionally.
  • Fike Recreation Center Equipment: with more than 74% of students visiting Fike Recreation Center and the Swann Fitness Center at least once per week, up-to-date wellness equipment is vital to the success of healthy students.
  • Internships: Clemson offers a variety of paid, on-campus professional experiences that place students in real-world learning laboratories. With a goal of 500 paid positions in the near future, the Michelin Career Center saw 288% increase in internal campus internships in one semester alone.
  • Late-night Programs: Late-night programs are an important way for students to stay safe and healthy during the time frame students tends to make some poor decisions. From basketball tournaments to moveis on Bowman Field, the Division of Student Affairs' late-night, alcohol-free program series involve students' inputs, and funding from those interesting in seeing students succeed around the clock.
  • LeaderShape® Leadership Education: Impacting more than 500 students since its inception, LeaderShape® is a weeklong, intensive leadership workshop that teaches students about themsleves and their surroundin community. Recognizing leaders are made and not born, Clemson's efforts to create leaders start with programs such as this.
  • Tiger Transit: Providing more than 95,000 safe rides each year, Tiger Transit offers a safe alternative to walking and provides students with a free evening shuttle service around campus in comfortable, high-capacity buses and vans.

Make your Parents’ Fund gift today.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Parents’ Fund will allow Clemson to maintain the essence, character and core values for which the University is known. Call 864-656-5896 or make a gift online and specify that your gift is for the Parents’ Fund. For more information, contact Jessica Eldridge by email or 864-656-2121.

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