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 scholarship (Oregon Maple or Sequoia) 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.

Tuition Exchange

A merit-based institutional award is 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’s 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 merit-based scholarships. Receipt of Tuition Exchange Scholarship may require the reduction of previously awarded institutional need-based aid.

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
503-768-7460
music@lclark.edu

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
503-768-7615
jgantt@lclark.edu

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 
503-768-7683
chryshutchings@lclark.edu


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.


Taxability of Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants from all sources received in a calendar year in excess of the amount of tuition and books/supplies for that calendar year are subject to federal income tax. The college is not responsible for notifying students of the taxable amounts of grants and scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid cannot serve as a tax consultant or adviser, but detailed information concerning the taxability of scholarships and grants can be found in IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education, on www.irs.gov, or by consulting a personal tax adviser.


For more information about these merit-based scholarships, contact:

Office of Admissions
503-768-7040
800-444-4111 toll free
admissions@lclark.edu