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Templeton Scholars Program

Lewis & Clark College offers Portland-area high school students seeking an academic challenge the opportunity to undertake advanced study through our Templeton Scholars Program. Qualified students who have exhausted their high schools’ offerings may apply to the Templeton program. Templeton scholars enroll in classes offered as part of the regular Lewis & Clark curriculum on a space-available basis and earn full Lewis & Clark credit for completed coursework.

Credit earned through the Templeton Scholars Program may be applied toward the Lewis & Clark degree. This credit may transfer to other institutions, but policies vary; students interested in this possibility should inquire with those schools. High schools may also give credit for courses taken through the Templeton Scholars Program. To learn more, ask your high school counselor.


There is no tuition; however, there is an administrative fee of $300.00 per semester. Your high school may cover this cost. You should discuss the availability of such funds with your high school counselor. You are
responsible for the fee if it is not paid by your high school. You are also responsible for any additional course-related expenses, such as books and supplies.

Course Selection

Templeton scholars may enroll in one course per semester. On the Templeton Scholars Program Application Form, please list the course(s) or area(s) of study of greatest interest to you. You should have several alternatives in mind, as we cannot guarantee that your top choice will be available. Templeton scholars register for classes on the first day of the semester, after Lewis & Clark degree-seeking students have registered. Space is subject to availability. You must obtain permission from the instructor of the class to enroll. Detailed information about course registration is provided to Templeton scholars upon acceptance into the Templeton Scholars Program.

Participation in the Templeton Scholars Program will require a substantial amount of study time outside of the classroom. We estimate that students will need to spend approximately two hours of outside work for every hour spent in class. It is important that you plan accordingly.

Applying for Admission

Please see the application checklist below. Students must apply every semester for consideration as a Templeton scholar. To apply for admission, you must submit a completed Templeton Scholars Program Application Form along with a personal statement not longer than 500 words describing your academic experience in high school and explaining how coursework at Lewis & Clark will relate to your goals for the future.

You should give a copy of the Templeton Scholars Program Counselor Reference form and an addressed, stamped envelope to your high school counselor. S/he will need to complete the form and mail it to us along with a current transcript. Please note: if you are applying to enroll as a Templeton Scholar for fall semester, your transcript must include your spring term grades. Be sure to ask your counselor to hold off sending a transcript until after the school year ends and final grades have posted.

In addition, you should ask a high school teacher who has taught you in
the subject area most closely aligned with the one you would like to pursue at Lewis & Clark and who can evaluate your ability to be successful in college-level work to complete the Templeton Scholars Program Teacher Reference. You should provide an addressed, stamped envelope for the teacher’s use. Students applying to re-enroll as Templeton Scholars should have a Lewis & Clark instructor provide a letter of recommendation in lieu of this form.

All application materials should be mailed to:

Lewis & Clark College
Templeton Scholars Program

0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, MSC 32
Portland, OR 97219-7899

Please note that all materials need to be received by the below stated deadlines in order to be considered for review.

Fall Deadline: July 15

Spring Deadline: December 2

The selection committee will make decisions on completed applications within three weeks following the deadlines and send notifications via regular mail.

Application Checklist