Fellowship Recipients & How To Apply

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.

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Application deadline is January 31, 2018. The Fellowships will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. Recipients will be announced in April 2018.

Your application will be scored at the national level based upon 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: Do you need official transcripts of my test scores (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.)?
A: If you have test scores, we do need a copy of them. We do not require official test score transcripts (although we certainly will accept them). Unofficial copies of your test scores will be accepted.

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.

2017 Fellowship Recipients

Recipient Undergraduate Institution Graduate Fellowship Field of Study
Erica Allen Purdue University Gladys Bell Fellowship Pharmacy
Brett Bankson University of Portland Mariah Leonard Fellowship Cognitive Neuorscience
Jaskirat Batra Trinity University Dr. Patricia Graham Fellowship Materials Science and Engineering
Annie Briley University of Louisiana at Lafayette Dorothy Anderson Fellowship Business
Jenny Carmichael University of Oklahoma Dr. Glenda Earwood Fellowship Global Affairs
Erin Caspers Western Michigan University Mary Jane Stevenson Fellowship Occupational Therapy
Bliss Chang University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Louise McBee Fellowship Medicine
Kara Detty University of Cincinnati Dr. May Brunson Fellowship Communication Sciences and Disorders
Salma Ferdous University of Texas at Austin Dr. Maude Etheredge Fellowship Genetics and Molecular Biology
Courtney Helt Dickinson College Alice Lloyd Fellowship Law
Christopher Hoel University of Massachusetts Amherst Dr. Martha Wade Fellowship Molecular and Cell Biology
David Kane Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Betty Jo Hudson Fellowship Mechanical Engineering
Kristy Keller Keystone College Kathryn Phillips Fellowship Public Relations
Nikka Khorsandi Louisiana State University Miriam Shelden Fellowship Medicine
Hannah Klaassen Iowa State University Dr. Warner Moore Fellowship Dentistry
Victoria Klein Oregon State University Dr. Margaret Cuninggim Fellowship Chemistry and Biochemistry
Amiel Maldonado California State University San Marcos Dean Adele Hagner Stamp Fellowship Public Health
Christina Manzanares Southwestern University Gladys Pennington Fellowship International Affairs
Robert Merritt III Saint Anselm College Katharine Cater Fellowship Enlgish Language and Literature
Manpreet Sira Transylvania University Dean Christine Conaway Fellowship Medicine
Julia Steffen Northern Kentucky University Barbara Quilling Fellowship Physical Therapy
Caylan Stevens University of Cincinnati Dr. Herman "Butch" Hill Fellowship Educational Studies
Jamie Vescio Transylvania University Dr. Mike Nichols Fellowship Elementary Education
Kendal Weger Purdue University Dr. Margaret Berry Fellowship Medicine
Carolyn Windler University of Southern California Dr. Harry Hale Fellowship Primary Care Medicine
Rachel Zemel University of Maryland Dr. Helen Clarke Fellowship Medicine

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.