Michael Graham Scholarship Application

About the Michael Graham Scholarship 

The Michael Graham Scholarship is awarded to local Portland metropolitan area high school graduates who are refugees or immigrants and are non-native English speakers.  The scholarship pays for one academic year of advanced English Language (ESL) study in the Academic English Studies program at Lewis & Clark College. Candidates for the scholarship plan to go to a college or university and would like to improve their academic English skills beforehand.

About Academic English Studies (AES)

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 take classes Monday through Friday 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

 

 

1:50-4:00

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 or equivalent stipend.  This amounts to approximately $16,200.

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 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 recent school writing assignment in English. It must have been already graded by your teacher. Ask your teacher for assistance in selecting a paper. You may upload a PDF or a photo of the assignment.
  • Proof of financial need. This can be:
    • the approval letter for the PPS Free & Reduced Price Meals program.
    • evidence of family income or other eligibility which demonstrates your qualification for the PPS Free and Reduced Price Meals program.
    • FAFSA or CSS profile information.   Note:  FAFSA is not required.
  • Two recommendation letters. If possible, these should be from teachers, professors, or counselors and discuss your potential for success in AES.

Graham Application

Please read the Michael Graham Scholarship Application page for more information.  The deadline for the application form and documents is March 15, 2023.

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Upload a personal essay explaining how this scholarship to study academic English will help you to meet your future educational goals. Please type your essay, which must be 300-500 words in English. You may upload your essay as a Microsoft Word or PDF document.
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Upload your second quarter transcript from the 2022-23 school year. You may upload a PDF or an image of your transcript.
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Upload a recent school writing assignment in English. It must have been already graded by your teacher. Ask your teacher for assistance in selecting a paper. You may upload a PDF or image of the assignment.
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Upload proof of financial need. This can be the approval letter for the PPS Free & Reduced Price Meals program. Or, you can provide evidence of family income or other eligibility which demonstrates your qualification for this program. You may also submit FAFSA or CSS profile information.
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By typing my name below, I verify that: All the statements on this form are true and accurate. I understand that the Michael Graham Scholarship is for students in financial need. I understand that the total cost of the 2023-24 academic year in the Lewis & Clark College Academic English Studies program (including tuition and fees, bus pass and books) is approximately $16,200. I am unable to pay this amount without the full Michael Graham Scholarship.

Graham Recommendation Upload Form (For Teachers)

The Michael Graham Scholarship covers the tuition and student fee, books and a bus pass for an academic year of study in the Academic English Studies (AES) program at Lewis & Clark College.

AES provides courses for non-native English speakers to develop academic English skills and intercultural competency for success at Lewis & Clark, other U.S. institutions of higher education, and in the world. Our content-based classes are designed to facilitate an advanced level of proficiency in English and to foster the necessary critical thinking and analytical skills needed to participate in higher education learning and as global citizens.

The deadline for this recommendation letter is March 15, 2023.

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Please comment on this applicant related to potential as a student enrolled in Academic English Studies. (See above.) Include comments on strengths and weaknesses, creativity, initiative and aptitude for advanced language study and research. Please also include how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. Any other relevant information you care to include will be welcome. Note: your letter should be on official letterhead.
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Important:  Do not apply to Lewis & Clark College.  The application for the Graham Scholarship is the only form you need to complete.

Timeline

The application deadline is March 15, 2023.

For questions regarding the application, please contact: