Michael Graham Scholarship Application

About the Michael Graham Scholarship for Afghan Refugees

For the 2022-23 academic year, a special Michael Graham Scholarship will be awarded to an Afghan refugee or immigrant living in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan community.  Candidates will have completed secondary school studies prior to the start of the academic year (August) and would benefit from further English Language study in Lewis & Clark College’s Academic English Studies (AES) program prior to entering a degree program at an institution of higher learning or to pursuing professional career goals.

NOTE:  AES is a full-time intensive English program that prepares students for the intensive and rigorous academic work expected in US institutions of higher learning. This program is known for:

  • developing strong academic writing skills by exploring different writing styles and rhetorical patterns
  • refining in-depth research skills
  • increasing reading speed and comprehension while reading a wide variety of authentic texts and sources
  • building oral presentation skills
  • increasing the intercultural understanding necessary for university success
  • developing complex analytical and critical problem-solving skills in English

Typical Schedule and Homework Requirements

AES is an intensive English program. Students are in class 20 hours a week, and are expected to do 15-30 hours of homework outside of class. The weekly schedule is:

Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:10-11:20 Writing and Reading Courses
11:30-12:30 Communications Skills and Seminar Courses
12:30-1:50   Lunch Break   Lunch Break




Integrated Skills Course Integrated Skills Course

What is included in the Scholarship?

The Michael Graham Scholarship covers one academic year’s tuition and fees for the Academic English Studies Program, required textbooks, and a monthly Tri-Met bus pass.  This amounts to approximately $15,025.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this special scholarship must meet these minimum requirements:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • completed secondary school (high school)
  • previous English language study and minimum low-intermediate English skills
  • B or 3.0 GPA (grade point average) or equivalent
  • financial need

How to Apply

You will complete an on-line application form, where you will upload the required documents and answer a few questions.  You will also ask for two recommendation letters to be sent to Lewis & Clark (see below). Here are the details on the documents:

  • A personal essay.  Please write an essay explaining how this scholarship to study academic English will help you meet your future educational or professional goals.  Your essay must be 300-500 words.
  • Any documentation of prior educational experiences that you have available (transcripts, for example).
  • A recently graded written paper, if available.
  • Two recommendation letters. If possible, these should be from teachers, professors, or counselors and discuss your potential for success in AES.

Application/Recommendation links:

Graham Afghan Scholarship Application Form

Michael Graham Scholarship Recommendation Upload Form

Important:  Do not apply to Lewis & Clark College.  The application for the Graham Scholarship is the only form you need to complete.


The application deadline is April 1, 2022.

For questions regarding the application, please contact:

  • Susan Wynne, Chair, Dallaire/Graham Scholarships Committee
  • Laura Shier, Director of Academic English Studies