Alumni Leadership Scholarship

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The Alumni Leadership Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Alumni Leadership Scholarship will recognize and reward outstanding students who show leadership potential, actively participate in the Lewis & Clark community, and who want to create meaningful connections between students and alumni. This year several scholarships in the amount of $1,200 will be awarded.*

Alumni Leadership Scholarship recipients serve as Student Alumni Association Ambassadors. Each scholar will participate in alumni events and interact with the Board of Alumni, benefitting their personal and professional development while building stronger connections with the alumni community. 


To be eligible for the Alumni Leadership Scholarship, you must be in good academic and behavioral standing. First-year, sophomore, and junior students are eligible. If you have senior standing, but intend to enroll in courses at Lewis & Clark for two more semesters (not counting the Spring semester that applications are due in), you are eligible.

First-time scholarship recipients must be attending classes on-campus for the fall semester. (Fall 2025) 

Scholar Requirements

It is required for all recipients to take an active part in the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and serve as an ambassador between current students and alumni. The SAA Ambassadors help plan and execute meaningful events for students and alumni, and increase the connections between alumni, current students, the Board of Alumni, and the office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

Each first-time Alumni Leadership Scholarship recipient/SAA Ambassador is expected to:

  • Attend classes on-campus during Fall 2025 (not studying abroad)
  • Attend a fall retreat (September 2025, date TBD), monthly meetings and an additional Spring semester planning day
  • Co-develop one student-alumni event per semester outside of regular SAA meetings
  • Support your team members and attend SAA sponsored events
  • Take a leadership role in Homecoming and Family Weekend.
    (October 2025, dates TBD) Ambassadors act as representatives of the student body to alumni and parents.
  • Recipients studying on-campus in Spring 2026 are expected to take a leadership role in Career Connections with Alumni, our yearly networking luncheon. (March 2026, date TBD)
  • Participate in all other major events with SAA involvement.

Scholar Benefits

There are great perks to being an SAA Ambassador and help with tuition is only one of them! You will also get an in-depth understanding of the alumni community and get the opportunity to network with local and national alumni. Over the course of your time as an SAA Ambassador, you will gain valuable leadership experience and professional development. You will also benefit from being part of a leadership group and gain experience in managing and planning events, recruiting and managing volunteers, and professional correspondence. Students who excel as Ambassadors will be eligible for renewal each year until they graduate. 


The Alumni Leadership Scholarship application will re open in December 2024. The following elements are required:

  • A completed application with writing prompts
  • Your resume
  • A letter of recommendation from a Lewis & Clark Faculty or Staff member. 

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Board of Alumni members. Some applicants may be invited for a brief interview with the committee in February.

Deadline and Submission

The application due date will be determined in the Fall of 2024. Once that deadline is set, late applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be disqualified. The faculty or staff member writing your letter of recommendation can send it directly to

For questions, and for more information, please contact:
Amanda Valley
Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

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*Note: scholarships are $600 per semester and SAA members are eligible for the scholarship only when they are studying on-campus.

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