The Lyceum Scholars Program is America’s first academic program dedicated to studying the moral, political and economic foundations of a free society.
The program takes a Great Books approach to studying liberty, free markets, the American Founding and moral character. It is a four-year academic program open to incoming freshmen at Clemson University.
As a close-knit learning community, the Lyceum Scholars program helps students form lifelong friendships with others who share their interests. In addition, it introduces them to renowned academics, helps them discover their passions and achieve their goals, and opens doors to opportunities at think tanks, policy centers and philanthropic foundations across the country.
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 a sequence of eight courses with the other Lyceum Scholars in their graduating class. In these classes, Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.
Drawing inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in Ancient Greece, we have created a philosophically oriented academic program that presents students with ideas that are fundamental, timeless and life-changing.
At the end of this unique course of study, students will graduate with a robust training in the intellectual skills of being serious and honest thinkers, articulate speakers and eloquent writers. Additionally, students will be thoroughly familiar with the essential ideas that form the foundation of free institutions, thus preparing them to move into careers in law, academia, policy making and business.
Each Lyceum Scholar is assigned their own Socratic tutor, who mentors their intellectual and character development while at Clemson. This mentorship help students to connect theory (i.e., the ideas they learn in class) with real-life practice and to develop their own sense of moral character.
Year of Need: College Freshman,
Num Awards: 12
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: Varies
Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
329 Sirrine Hall Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29734
Contact Person: Bettina Romberg