Clemson University Interfraternity Council (IFC) President John Shoemaker has been named one of 12 recipients of the 2023 Undergraduate Award of Distinction from the North American Interfraternity Conference. The award recognizes fraternity men who are exemplary leaders of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and fraternity/sorority communities with humble confidence.

“I’ve done a lot of work in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Clemson over the past two years and to be recognized for it on a national stage is a huge honor,” says Shoemaker, who served as president of Phi Gamma Delta in 2022 before transitioning to the IFC role. “I work with some of the very best leaders this campus has to offer and have been really fortunate to be part of a true team.”

Shoemaker is a senior political science major from Coronado, California and has held the position of president since January. In Spring 2023, IFC’s nearly 2,000 members recorded high marks in both academics and philanthropy. Twenty-three chapters combined for a cumulative 3.228 GPA and raised more than $241,000 toward philanthropic initiatives.

This is the second honor of Shoemaker’s IFC administration. Earlier this summer, the group was lauded by the North American Interfraternity Conference with the Laurel Wreath Award for its new member education series. The peer-led program introduces new members to educational sessions on topics ranging from rights and responsibilities to well-being and personal accountability.

“This is a great honor for John and IFC,” says Gary Wiser, assistant dean of students and director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “John had unanimous support for his candidacy as IFC president and is very deserving of this award. He is supportive of each of the organizations in IFC and strongly reflects the values of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at Clemson.”