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 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. Alumni Leadership Scholarship recipients serve as Student Alumni Association Ambassadors.


The application for the 2023 - 2024 academic year can be found here. The application asks for basic information, a resume, and answers to four essay prompts. Please keep your answers to 500 words or less. We also require one letter of recommendation.

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

Deadline and Submission

Alumni Leadership Scholarship Application for the 2023 - 2024 academic year

Applications are due in February 2023 (date TBD). Late applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be disqualified.

The person writing your letter of recommendation can send it directly to


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 Spring ’23), you are eligible.

First-time scholarship recipients must be taking classes on campus for the first fall semester (Fall ’23) after they have been awarded the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

Scholar Benefits

There are great perks to being a scholar! Help with tuition is one of them. Furthermore, students that excel as Student Alumni Association (SAA) Ambassadors will be considered for 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 private receptions and more. 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.

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, Board of Alumni, the office of Alumni & Parent Programs, and current students.

Each SAA Ambassador is expected to:

  • Be on campus during Fall 2023 (not studying abroad).
  • Attend monthly meetings, spring training/orientation, and fall retreat (date TBD)
  • Co-develop one student-alumni event per semester.
  • Support your team members and attend SAA sponsored events when available.
  • Take a leadership role in Homecoming and Family Weekend (October 27-29, 2023). 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.
  • Participate in all other major events with SAA involvement.

Current and Past Scholarship Recipients

For questions, and for more information, please contact:

Amanda Valley
Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
Alumni & Parent Programs