Clemson University * Lyceum Scholars
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"The Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University is now accepting applications from incoming Fall 2021 freshmen. Founded in 2014, the Lyceum Scholars Program is the first college program in the U.S. to use a great books approach to studying the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society. All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University. In exchange for this scholarship, students in the program take eight courses with the other Lyceum Scholars in their entering class. The Lyceum Scholars Program offers all of the benefits of a small liberal arts community along with all of the advantages of a large research university. Lyceum Scholars take courses ranging from ancient political thought to the political thought of the American founding to constitutional law. The Lyceum Scholars Program is open to students of any major. Students who complete the curriculum, however, do fulfill the requirements for a minor in political science, and six of the eight courses count toward the political science major at Clemson University. Lyceum Scholars also have a unique and invaluable opportunity to create meaningful relationships with professors and their fellow students. The Lyceum Scholars Program offers professional and moral mentorship to its students. Professors work with individual Lyceum Scholars to identify the academic and professional opportunities that best fit the student’s immediate interests and long-term aspirations. Yet most unique to the Lyceum Scholars Program is the “Socratic Tutor Session,” wherein each Lyceum Scholar meets bi-weekly with a professor to discuss moral character and the ways in which the ideas from the classroom connect to everyday life. What is more, the Lyceum Scholars Program fosters a close-knit learning community that allows Lyceum Scholars to form lasting friendships with each other." Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to Clemson University and to the Lyceum Scholars Program. DEADLINE December 11, 2020.