The National Council offers 26 graduate fellowships each year, ranging in value from $3,000 to $7,500. These fellowships are to help offset the cost of graduate / professional programs of study.  Fellowships are available to Alpha Lambda Delta members.  

How to Apply

To be eligible for a Graduate Fellowship, you must be a member of Alpha Lambda Delta who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. You must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and you must be enrolled (or plan to enroll) full time at an accredited institution within the United States.

Click here to download the 2017 application. Click here for the Reference Form.

Applications and Reference Forms are due to the National Office by January 31.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in April.

National competition will be weighed based on the following point values:

Undergraduate GPA and test scores (if applicable) 20 points
Value of ALD / Value added to ALD 20 points
Employment 10 points
Campus activities 10 points
Honors/recognitions received 10 points
Professional objectives 10 points
Recommendation letters 20 points
Total Points 100

Scholarship FAQs

Q: I am currently enrolled in a 5 (or 6) year program that will result in a bachelor's and master's (or doctorate) degree. Can I still apply?
A: Yes, as long as you are a full-time student working towards a graduate degree, you can apply for a Fellowship. 

Q: I am already enrolled in a graduate program and my GPA is lower than 3.5. However, my undergraduate GPA was above a 3.5. Can I apply for a Fellowship?
A: Yes, as long as you maintained a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average through graduation from your undergraduate institution.

Q: Does the fellowship apply towards tuition only or can it also be applied towards room/board, books, fees, etc.?
A: The funds are to defray college expenses.  At the point that the student has fully paid tuition and fees for the term, the monies will be given to the student to defray other college expenses. Note that all Fellowship checks are sent to the graduate institution, so any remaining funds after tuition and fees are sent from the graduate school, not Alpha Lambda Delta.

Q: Does my undergraduate chapter have to be active at the time I apply?
A: While we never like to see chapters go inactive, you are a lifetime member and so can apply for a Graduate Fellowship at any time, no matter the status of your undergraduate chapter. 

Q: Can official transcripts be delivered via email directly from the university?
A: Yes, if sent through a secure link and/or directly from the Registrar.

Q: I work a full-time job, and will be enrolled in a course this upcoming summer and then six hours in the fall. Will that be acceptable for the purposes of the scholarship next year?
A: Yes. Summer and winter courses typically count toward fall and spring, respectively.

2016 Fellowship Recipients

Recipient Undergraduate Institution Graduate Fellowship Field of Study
Anna Balassa Transylvania University Adele Hagner Stamp Fellowship Occupational Therapy
Aleksandra Bausheva Bucknell University Mary Jane Stevenson Fellowship Translation and Interpretation
Allison Bay Baldwin Wallace University Margaret Cunningim Fellowship Public Health
Nicole Behnke University of Texas at Austin Margaret Berry Fellowship Chemistry
Nicholas Bompastore Saint Anselm College Alice Lloyd Fellowship Medicine
Jill Bosserman Purdue University Martha Wade Fellowship Journalism
Danielle Davis University of Memphis May Brunson Fellowship Educational Policy
Emily Dickey California Univ. of Pennsylvania Gladys Pennington Fellowship Communication Sciences & Disorders
Kaitlin Haggard Transylvania University Christine Conaway Fellowship Clinical Psychology
Kristen Herrick Ashland University Kathryn Phillips Fellowship Higher Education Administration
Jun Jeon University of Oklahoma Maria Leonard Fellowship Medicine
Krista Klocke Iowa State University Barbara Quilling Fellowship Rhetoric, Composition, Communication
Xiaoxin "Kammy" Kuang East Tennessee State University Harry Hale Fellowship Sociomedial Sciences
Christie Monahan Converse College Miriam Sheldon Fellowship Pharmacy
Garrett Oberst Butler University Gladys Bell Fellowship Medicine
Angela (Pittinger) O'Meara West Virginia Wesleyan College Glenda Earwood Fellowship Law
Alexandra Perrault University of Cincinnati Warner Moore Fellowship Speech Language Pathology
Jennifer Rich Bucknell University Katherine Cater Fellowship Medicine
Valerie Schiller University of Portland Louise McBee Fellowship Education
Julia Steffen Northern Kentucky University Patricia Graham Fellowship Physical Therapy
Malory Thelen Transylvania University Dorothy Anderson Fellowship Law
Alexander Tierney Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Maude Etheredge Fellowship Special Education
Kristin Zabrecky Purdue University Helen Clarke Fellowship Veterinary Medicine
Samantha Zelinski Stockton University Betty Jo Hudson Fellowship Speech Language Pathology

Click here to meet past Graduate Fellows.

History of the Award

Graduate Fellowships were established in honor of Alpha Lambda Delta's top leaders.  The Fellowships are named after past presidents, former executive directors, and key advisors who have shaped Alpha Lambda Delta over the past century.  Since 1940, over 600 outstanding ALD members have received fellowships.

Click here to read more about the leaders the Graduate Fellowships are named after.