External Scholarships

Resources for Your Scholarship Search

↑ This is a 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

  • Send an email to fao@lclark.edu and let us know the name of the 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 the ‘plus’ sign to add award information. (Add the name of the award, award type, funding source/name of the 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 the ‘plus’ sign to add award information. (Add the name of the award, award type, funding source/name of the 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 Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational 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.
Things to keep in mind:
  • The information provided on this page is general. Our hope is that it can serve to get you started on your search for outside educational funding, but it is by no means comprehensive.
  • Many different places offer external scholarships and application requirements vary widely from one scholarship to another. In some cases, you may find that a scholarship application requires information related to the FAFSA. If you need help understanding the FAFSA and/or the financial aid information needed you are welcome to contact your financial aid counselor.
  • We encourage you to cast a wide net during your search for scholarship opportunities because you may find an opportunity from an unexpected source (e.g., nonprofit organizations, employers, your state’s dept of education, affinity groups, etc.).