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Alumni & Parent Programs

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. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior at Lewis & Clark College and considered in good academic standing. This year, several scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded. In addition, each scholar will have an opportunity to participate in alumni events and interact with the Board of Alumni to benefit career and professional development and build stronger connections with the alumni community.

Application

Please download the application here.

The application asks for basic information and answers to three essay prompts. Essays can be as long or as short as you would like, as long as you think you have answered the prompt.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Board of Alumni members. Top applicants will be invited for a brief interview with the committee on Friday, February 21. Students who are studying off-campus this semester will be interviewed via Skype.

Deadline and Submission

Applications are due on Friday, January 24, 2014 by 5 p.m. You can submit it via email to tanya@lclark.edu, or in person to the Alumni Gatehouse Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Eligibility

You must be in good academic 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 current one), you are eligible. If you are going to be studying abroad for both fall 2014 and spring 2015 and are awarded the scholarship this year, your scholarship will be applied to your account the first semester that you are back on campus. Please see more about overseas/off-campus program participation below.

Scholar Benefits

There are great perks to being a scholar! Help with tuition is one of them. Furthermore, students that excel as SAA ambassadors will be considered for automatic renewal each year until they graduate. You will also get an in-depth understanding of the alumni community, and meet a lot of local and national alumni. Over the course of your time as an SAA Ambassador, you will gain valuable leadership experience and professional development. The Board of Alumni; the sponsors of the scholarship, will also send you event invitations to the Alumni Honors Banquet, alumni Homecoming events, private receptions, Young Alumni happy hours in Portland, and more. You will also benefit from being part of a leadership group and gain experience in planning and managing evens, recruiting and managing volunteers, and professional correspondence.

Scholar Requirements

It is anticipated that each recipient will take an active part in the Student Alumni Association and will 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 the Alumni Association, Board of Alumni, the office of Alumni & Parent Programs, and current students. Students that excel as SAA Ambassadors will be considered for automatic renewal each year until they graduate. Participation requirements begin in April after scholarships are awarded and continue through May of the following year.

Each SAA Ambassador is expected to:

  • Attend monthly meetings, spring training (April) and fall retreat (August, weekend after classes begin).
  • Take a leadership role in at least one SAA event each year.
  • Assist another SAA Ambassador with at least one project each semester.
  • Take a leadership role in Homecoming and Parents Weekend (October 31-November 2, 2014). Ambassadors must be available during this entire weekend to help with this signature event and act as representatives of the student body to alumni and parents. Ambassadors are also expected to recruit student volunteers for Homecoming hospitality.
  • Participate in all other major events with SAA involvement (Spring into Action, Mind the Gap, Alumni Honors Banquet, Board of Alumni meetings, President’s Holiday Reception and Careers for Pioneers).

For examples of other events and projects that you would be working on, visit the SAA calendar of events or email saa@lclark.edu.

Overseas Program Participation/Leave of Absence

Because this scholarship is tied to a service component (the Student Alumni Association) on campus, if you are awarded a scholarship during a year when you plan to be abroad for both fall and spring semesters, the scholarship ($500 for each semester you are on campus) will be deferred until the first semester you are back on campus. Some exceptions are possible on a case-by-case basis if you are available to fulfill some of the service components over the summer. A similar model will be used for students that take a leave of absence.

Current and Past Scholarship Recipients

With questions, and for more information, please contact:

Tanya Sloan
Senior Associate Director
Alumni & Parent Programs
503.768.7941
tanya@lclark.edu

The Office of Alumni & Parent Programs is located in the Alumni Gatehouse.