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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 first year, sophomore, or junior at Lewis & Clark College and considered in good academic standing. 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.


Please download the application here.

The application asks for basic information and answers to three 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 on Friday, February 19. Students who are studying off-campus this semester will be interviewed via Skype.

Deadline and Submission

Applications are due on Friday, January 22, 2016 by 5 p.m. You can submit it via email to, or in person to the Alumni Gatehouse Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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 Spring ’16), you are eligible.

First time scholarship recipients must be on campus for the first fall semester (Fall ’16) after they have been awarded the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

If you are going to be studying abroad for both fall 2016 and spring 2017 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 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 the Alumni Honors Banquet, Homecoming events, 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. Students that excel as SAA Ambassadors will be considered for 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 and fall retreat.
  • 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 28-30, 2016). 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: Alumni Honors Banquet, Board of Alumni gatherings and dinners, President’s Holiday Reception, Careers for Pioneers and Career Panels.
  • Volunteer at additional Alumni and Parent Program events.

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

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 ($600 for each semester you are on campus) will be deferred until the first semester you are back on campus.  A similar model will be used for students who take a leave of absence.

First time SAA ambassadors must be on campus for the first fall semester after they have been awarded the Alumni Leadership Scholarship. If you have not been an SAA ambassador before and are going to be away fall semester 2016, you are not eligible to be an ambassador for the 2016-2017 school year.

Current and Past Scholarship Recipients

With questions, and for more information, please contact:

Tara McIrvin
Associate Director
Alumni & Parent Programs

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