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Merit-Based Scholarships

for incoming undergraduate students

Lewis & Clark Merit Scholarships

Lewis & Clark offers a number of top entering first year and transfer students a Trustee, Dean’s, or Faculty Scholarship based on their academic program and performance. Scholarships typically range between $10,000 to $15,000 and are renewable at the same dollar amount each year, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Leadership & Service Awards

These scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academics combined with exemplary leadership and/or service in their school or community. Scholarships vary in amount and are renewable based on continued participation in the leadership and service cohort program while enrolled at Lewis & Clark, as well as satisfactory academic progress. All admitted students are considered for these scholarships; no separate form or application is required.

Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship

The Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship, Lewis & Clark’s highest merit award, recognizes incoming first-year students of exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment. Special preference is given to students committed to studying the sciences, or students with an unusually keen interest in intercultural and international issues. To be eligible for consideration, students must submit a completed admissions application no later than January 15.

Up to five scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students and are renewable annually, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. The scholarship provides full tuition and fees, valued at more than $160,000 over four years.

The Neely Scholarships are made possible by Barbara Hirschi Neely, who established numerous trust funds to benefit Lewis & Clark. When she died in January 1990, these trust funds were designated as endowment funds for student aid.

In addition to the scholarship, each Neely scholar is granted a $2,000 stipend that may be used after the fourth semester at Lewis & Clark on projects approved by the scholar’s faculty advisor and the director of academic awards and grants. Possible applications for the stipend include research, internships, or artistic projects related to the scholar’s academic program and civic engagement initiatives.

Herbert Templeton National Merit Scholarships

A merit-based scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to entering first-year students who have been selected as National Merit Scholars and who have designated Lewis & Clark as their first choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1. To qualify, you must take the PSAT no later than your junior year of high school. The scholarship is renewable provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress.

Music Scholarships

Awards are given annually to students who have outstanding talent in music. Application includes an audition. To renew the scholarship, students must participate in activities within the Music Department and maintain satisfactory academic progress. For further information, contact:

Department of Music
503-768-7460
music@lclark.edu

Forensics Scholarships

Forensics Scholarships are available to students who have an outstanding record of achievement in debate and forensics. Students must participate in forensic competition and maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible to receive the scholarship. For further information, contact:

Professor Joseph Gantt
Forensics Program Director
503-768-7615
jgantt@lclark.edu

External Scholarships

External scholarships, many of which are based on merit or special criteria, are an increasingly important source of funding for students. Last year, Lewis & Clark students garnered almost $1.4 million in external scholarship money awarded by businesses, community groups, and religious and fraternal organizations. Your high school counselor should be able to refer you to local scholarship sources. There are also several online resources to aid in your scholarship search.

For more information about these merit-based scholarships:

Office of Admissions
503-768-7040
800-444-4111 toll free
admissions@lclark.edu