Tyrone Gayle Scholars – Deadline to Apply is Friday, April 12th

The College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences invites applications for the 2019 Tyrone Gayle Scholars, which has been created to honor the memory of Tyrone Gayle ’10.  This award provides two students with the resources necessary to pursue internships in public service in Washington, D.C. or to work as an intern on a political campaign in another location, as well as with a personalized mentorship experience.  The Tyrone Gayle Scholars will be selected on the basis of academic merit, individual need, and the quality of the internship sought.  It is the vision of the Gayle family to provide opportunities for under-represented students to participate in political opportunities.

Program Details

The Tyrone Gayle Scholars will:

  • Receive a $3500 stipend to allow students to pursue an internship on a political campaign or with a political organization (for example, on Capitol Hill, in the White House, or with a government agency, interest group, think tank, or non-profit)
  • Be offered a mentor in their interest area, drawing on leaders from Tyrone’s political network
  • Able to participate in informal networking opportunities (in-person or remotely) with Tyrone’s peers and contacts. Tyrone’s network includes leaders in both parties and across range of policy areas.

 Upon their return to Clemson, the Tyrone Gayle Scholars will be expected to give a presentation to the Clemson community to discuss their summer experience.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application form:  The application form will ask you to complete two short essays about your interest in the program and how your intended internship fits with your career goals.  You also will be asked to upload a current resume.

Applications are due on Friday, April 12th, 2019, by 5pm.

Email Dr. Jeff Fine ( in Political Science with any questions.

 About Tyrone Gayle

Tyrone Gayle graduated from Clemson in 2010 with a degree in Communication Studies.  He served as Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California.  He previously worked as a National Spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, as a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and on the 2012 campaign of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Tyrone passed away in October 2018 after a valiant battle with cancer.

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