Merit-Based Scholarships

for incoming undergraduate students

Lewis & Clark Merit-Based Scholarships

Lewis & Clark offers a number of top entering first year and transfer students a Trustee, President’s, Dean’s, Faculty Scholarship, or a Pioneer Award based on their academic program and performance. Scholarship amounts vary and are renewable at the same dollar amount each year, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.

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.

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, valued at more than $200,000 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

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

Entrepreneurship Scholarships

Entrepreneurship Scholarships are available to Oregon students who have a demonstrated record of and passion for entrepreneurship. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible to receive the scholarship. For further information, contact:

John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Chrys Hutchings, Associate Director 

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
800-444-4111 toll free