The couple, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is putting their collective power behind Clemson University through the establishment of the Kenneth John Gutshaw, Jr., (Class of ’72) and Laurie B. Gutshaw Annual FIRST Grant-In-Aid Endowment – providing support for first-generation college students at Clemson.
The daughter of a small business owner and a maintenance worker with York School District 1, Samantha Lovern is the first in her family to attend university. And thanks to a national grant from Procter and Gamble and generous Clemson donors, she’s also the first in her family to study abroad.
Westminster, South Carolina, is nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills only 15 miles from Clemson, but for Brooklyn Garrett that distance once seemed insurmountable. In May, she graduates from Clemson University after completing a double major in women’s leadership and philosophy with an emphasis in law, liberty, and justice. Last summer, Garrett landed a prized […]
More than 1,300 students will receive Clemson University degrees Thursday across a pair of ceremonies inside Littlejohn Coliseum, each with his or her own unique story to tell. For many, it’s a time for celebration with family and friends. It’s a time for reflecting on a long and arduous journey. For psychology major Allyson Walters, […]
Clemson student Robert Locke — a first-generation college student — knows the challenges that can come with being first. He relies on the FIRST Program and its mentors to help him navigate his way through those challenges.
Bob Barreto ’79 and his brother, Rich, were first-generation Clemson students in a time when formal resources for first-generation students were not available. This year, 17 percent of Clemson’s Fall 2012 freshman class (and 32 percent of incoming transfer students) are first-generation students — they are the first students in their immediate family to attend a college or university.