Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Lyceum Program welcomes new class of scholars for 2023/24 academic year


Ten incoming first-year students have become the ninth class to join the Lyceum Scholars Program and to choose an educational path that studies the moral, political and economic foundations of a free society.

“We are delighted to welcome our new Scholars to the Program,” said Spencer Krauss, Ph.D., the new Assistant Director of the Lyceum Scholars Program. “We expect them to make a fine contribution to our ongoing quest to understand the moral foundations of a free society.”

Incoming Class of 2027

The Lyceum Scholars Class of 2027 and their hometowns include Terrence Bell, Cypress, TX; Kai Blackwell, Mount Pleasant, SC; Jacob Citron, Golden, CO; James DeLo, Anderson, SC; Garrett Jones, Harrisburg, NC; Jane Kihne, Greenville, SC; Makenna Lankford, Charleston, SC; Nadav Sternheim, Palo Alto, CA; Jonathan Vosburgh, Seneca, SC; Kaylee Wilson, Greenville, SC.

Jacob Citron is looking forward to how the Lyceum Scholars Program will continue his classical education. “Through the serious study of philosophy and politics in the Scholars Program, I hope to continue to learn about the world in a deeply meaningful way,” he said.

This year, the Lyceum Scholars Program had more than 730 applications for entry into the fall 2023 class. To qualify for the program, applicants undergo a rigorous application process that consists of essay questions and an interview. Those accepted into the program receive a $10,000 scholarship distributed over four years to learn about liberty, free societies, the American founding, and the principles of moral character using a “great books” approach.

Jane Kihne sees the Lyceum Scholars Program as a unique challenge she’s excited to engage with. “I’ve always been drawn to the more critical side of education: learning about ethics, theology and philosophy. I have found myself to be more passionate about my beliefs because of my studies, and I know that the rigor of the Lyceum Program will be just what I’ve been looking for.” When asked what she’s looking forward to most, Jane said, “I know that I’ll discover a lot more about myself and the nature of humanity as a whole through this program, all while being able to read and contemplate some of the greatest literature of all time.”

The Lyceum Program, where students read from classic texts about renowned academics in political and economic thought, draws on the inspiration from the Lyceum school Aristotle founded in 335 B.C.

About the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) is America’s premier university-based teaching and research center dedicated to exploring the moral, political, and economic foundations of capitalism. Founded in 2005 and housed within Clemson University’s Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business, the independently financed Institute is educating a new generation of students about the moral requirements of a free society.

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