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Financial Aid

Grants & Scholarships

for undergraduate students

Lewis & Clark Grants

These grants are awarded to students based on demonstrated financial need and overall strength as applicants to the College. All students who apply and qualify for need-based aid are considered for this funding source. Funds are limited—to receive full consideration, it is important to apply by the priority filing date. Renewal is contingent upon timely reapplication, continued demonstration of financial need, and satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Lewis & Clark’s merit-based awards recognize student achievement in a variety of fields. Recipients of these scholarships are selected without regard to income information. The amount of each scholarship varies. Find out more about merit-based scholarships for incoming students.

Continuing students may be invited to apply for additional scholarships.

Endowed Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the annual income from financial gifts held in Lewis & Clark’s endowment. Scholarships are awarded to students who have strong academic records and demonstrated financial need. During the fall semester each recipient is notified of the specific endowment gift that is providing the funding for his or her scholarship and may be asked to thank the donor by writing a note or participating in a donor recognition event.

Federal Pell Grants

These grants are awarded to students with exceptional financial need who meet the program’s specific requirements. To be considered for this funding source, students must complete the FAFSA. Award amounts are determined at the federal level. For 2014-15, Federal Pell Grants range in value from $602 to $5,730.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Federal SEOG are awarded to students based on demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients with the greatest demonstrated financial need. Funding for this program is extremely limited so it is important to file your FAFSA by the priority filing date to be considered for this funding source.

Oregon Opportunity Grants

These state-funded grants are available to those Oregon residents determined by the Oregon Student Access  and Completionn (OSAC) to be eligible. The state also establishes the grant amounts. Funding is limited. If you are interested in being considered for this grant, please submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible.

Note:  All Oregon Opportunity Grant amounts are subject to change based on availability of state funding and OSAC’s determination of student eligibility.

Tuition Exchange

A merit-based institutional award available to students who are dependents of eligible employees at institutions participating in Tuition Exchange, Inc. The amount of the award is determined in accordance with Tuition Exchange, Inc guidance. A limited number of these awards are offered each year and recipients are identified by the Office of Admissions. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and continue to be certified as eligible by the participating institution to retain this award.

Note: Students receiving Tuition Exchange are not eligible to receive other institutional grants or scholarships.

Tuition Remission

Tuition Remission is a benefit of employment extended to eligible Lewis & Clark employees, their dependents, and spouses. Applications for this benefit should be submitted to the Office of the Provost. The amount of Tuition Remission a student will receive in a given academic year must be taken into consideration when determining a student’s eligibility for federal and state aid programs.

Note: Students receiving Tuition Remission are not eligible to receive other institutional grants or scholarships.

Student Leadership Benefit

Students serving in specific leadership positions, such as Resident Advisers (RA), receive a room and board credit as a benefit of employment. The amount of this credit must be taken into consideration when determining eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid programs.

Veteran’s Benefits

The amount of veteran’s educational benefits a student will receive in a given academic year depends on their eligibility as determined by the Veteran’s Administration.

External Resources

Students must notify us of any external resource(s) they will receive in a given academic year regardless of the amount. Students can use the External Resources form to accomplish this. The term “External Resources” applies to funds awarded and administered by an organization other than Lewis & Clark. External resources can include scholarships awarded by high schools, religious, civic, or other organizations; state and federally funded scholarships or grants not listed in this guide, or tuition benefits received from an employer.

To ensure proper accounting of the external resource, funds should be sent directly to our office. Although the entire resource amount may be sent in a single payment at the beginning of the academic year, it is College policy to divide scholarship funds equally between the fall and spring semesters. The scholarship donor may request a different distribution of the student’s funds by providing written instructions to our office with the scholarship payment.

For many students, the receipt of external resources will not necessitate a financial aid award revision. In some cases, however, a student’s demonstrated financial need is already being met in full with federal, state and/or College resources before considering an external resource. In this situation, we are required to reduce federal need-based aid so that the student’s total award does not exceed demonstrated financial need. If such action is necessary, the College will reduce the need-based federal aid offered by the amount of the external resource(s) in the following order: Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Work-Study and Federal SEOG. The Federal Pell Grant is not affected by the receipt of external resource(s). College scholarships and grants will be reduced only if the total amount of external resource(s) and College aid exceeds the total cost of attendance budget used to determine eligibility for financial aid.

Sheryl Reed Smith Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to Oregon students who have graduated from a Wallowa County high school. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Awards are renewable.

Helen Sanders Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an entering student who is Native American or who demonstrates an interest in Native American issues, with first priority given to a descendant of any of the original allottees of the Quinault Reservation. Special consideration is given to students with a demonstrated interest in history or ethno-history. The awards are typically $1000 to $2,500 per year, and may be renewed based on academic performance and demonstrated financial need.

Helen Sanders Scholarship Application

Steele-Reese Foundation Scholarships

Awards ranging up to $5,000 are available to Idaho students from Lemhi or Custer county high schools. Awards are based on academic performance and demonstrated need, and are renewable for three additional years.

Juan Young Trust Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to four current full-time undergraduate students who are residents of Oregon and under 21 years of age. Preference for this award is given to lineal descendants of employees of Kienow’s Food Stores Inc. and/or Kienow’s Wholesale Grocery Company. Currently enrolled students who are descendants of Kienow’s employees should contact us for further information.