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 is valued at more than $200,000 over four years and is Lewis & Clark’s highest merit award, recognizing incoming first-year students of exceptional academic achievement from Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, including the greater Portland Metro area.* Students must apply to Lewis & Clark by November 1, 2021 (through either Early Action or Early Decision) to be considered for the Neely Scholarship. 

Five scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students based on academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, community impact and participation in an on-campus program and interview. Scholarships are renewable annually, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. For students entering in the fall of 2022, the scholarship provides $50,000 per year for 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.

*Students who attend high school in the following counties are eligible to be considered for the Neely Scholarship - Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark county in Washington.

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.

Performance-Based Scholarships

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

Speech & Debate Scholarships

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

Professor Joseph Gantt
Speech & Debate 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, contact:

Office of Admissions
800-444-4111 toll free