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External Scholarships

Resources for Your Scholarship Search

This is a comprehensive guide to finding and applying for external scholarships. It includes methods to make yourself a more attractive candidate for selection committees, how to find scholarships, tips for applying, and on-campus resources available to LC students.

Reporting Your External Scholarships

If you have been awarded an external scholarship or award from an organization other than Lewis & Clark, you need to notify us in writing using one of the following:

Incoming Students :

Prior to Accepting Admission

  • Email to fao@lclark.edu and let us know name of award, award type, funding source (name of organization) and award amount.

After Accepting Admission

  • Log into WebAdvisor and click on the Self-Service link under Financial Aid.
  • On the Self-Service homepage, select Financial Aid and then under the Financial Aid drop down menu select Report/View Outside Awards.
  • Select award year reporting.
  • Click on ‘plus’ sign to add award information. (Add the name of award, award type, funding source/name of organization, and award amount).

All Continuing Students :

  • Log into WebAdvisor and click on the Self-Service link under Financial Aid.
  • On the Self-Service homepage, select Financial Aid and then under the Financial Aid drop down menu select Report/View Outside Awards.
  • Select award year reporting.
  • Click on ‘plus’ sign to add award information. (Add the name of award, award type, funding source/name of organization, and award amount).

Note: A best practice is to also provide us a copy of the letter you received from the scholarship agency advising that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. The letter often contains details for the school to follow.  

Lewis & Clark’s External Resources Policy

  • External resources will be applied first to any remaining unmet financial need.
  • If a student’s demonstrated financial need has already been met with federal, state, and/or College resources, this additional funding will reduce your need-based federal financial aid.
  • If a student’s need-based federal financial aid must be reduced, the reductions occur in the following order: Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG).
  • Lewis & Clark Grants will be reduced in a financial aid package only if the total amount of external resources combined with College grant and/or scholarship assistance exceed the student’s cost of attendance budget.
  • Although the entire resource amount may be sent to the College in one payment, scholarship funds will be divided 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 the Financial Aid Office.