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Perpetuating Clemson University’s ROTC Programs and Rich Military Heritage

Since Clemson began classes in 1893, the value of a solid military force has been a major part of its education. It has been said that Clemson supplied more army officers for World War II than any other institution except West Point and Texas A & M. Clemson once had the largest infantry ROTC unit in the country. When we visit the Clemson Military Heritage Plaza, we see the array of ribbons and honors, the footprints of brave service men, and the inscriptions from a variety of classes. When we read the Clemson Scroll of Honor, we see listed the Clemson alumni who have given their lives in service to their country from the Spanish American War through current operations. All of this gives us a glimpse of the University’s tradition of service.

A Long Standing Tradition

Today, Clemson Army and Air Force ROTC cadets carry on the rich tradition of the historic Corps of Cadets. These talented young men and women will serve our great nation in every corner of the globe as the future leaders of our Armed Forces. Through their patriotic duty, the distinguished and selfless service of the Clemson Corps of Cadets will be kept alive.This practice , however may not always be the case. For example, post Gulf War ROTC enrollment declined dramatically. Programs in competition with our ROTC departments are offering significant financial incentives to attract scholarship cadets. The Clemson Alumni Association has responded to the challenge with the formation of THE CLEMSON CORPS.

The Clemson Corps is a constituency group dedicated to continuing Clemson’s military heritage and developing other opportunities to commemorate the military history of Clemson University. In addition, it aims to support Clemson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs through annual scholarship support and endowment. We can think of no better calling than to bring to Clemson outstanding young men and women who will be the military leaders of tomorrow.

Support Clemson through a gift to The Clemson Corps

Today, we support Clemson’s military legacy by helping to ensure that resources will forever be available to assist in the education of our country’s future military leaders and maintain Clemson’s military traditions. Your support is critical. Clemson’s military legacy is a key part of the University’s identity, and your gift will have a significant impact on the lives of many cadets.

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Clemson Corps Quasi-Endowment for Air Force/Army ROTC Grands-in-Aid This endowment supports Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets with scholarship funds and is the original reason that Clemson Corps was established.

Scroll of Honor and Memorial Park Maintenance Endowment This endowment covers routine and special projects for Memorial Park and the Scroll of Honor to ensure the grounds and all the stones, benches, chain/bollards, etc are maintained to the highest standards.

Military Heritage Plaza Maintenance Endowment This endowment covers routine and special maintenance for the Military Heritage Plaza so that it is ready and available for use by our ROTC departments for special events and ceremonies.

The Clemson Corps Operating Account (Board of Directors)This account is managed by the Clemson Corps Board of Directors to support annual initiatives that cannot be funded by the endowments.  Annual projects include, supporting the various Military Appreciation Day events for the different sports, providing the annual Military Tailgate prior to a home football game,  providing a meal for the senior ROTC Cadets, Student Veterans and Marine Candidates, and providing each graduating ROTC Cadet, Student Veteran and Marine Candidate with a small memento welcoming them into the Clemson Corps.

Clemson Marine Corps Endowment This endowment supports Marine Corps Officer Candidates that are working on their Clemson degrees while also preparing to commission as Marine Corps Officers upon graduation.  It provides them scholarship funds to assist with their expenses of attending Clemson.

Class of 1967 Endowment for Veterans Resources This endowment was established by the Class of 1967 in honor of their 50th Anniversary with a pledge of $100,000. This endowment will provide operational support for the Clemson Military & Veteran Engagement Student Center located in Vickery Hall.  This center offers a place for veterans to meet other veterans and obtain resources to assist them and their families. 

Special Collections for Military History This fund provides support for Military History special collections and archives.

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