History of the Award

At the annual meeting in June 2008, the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta passed a resolution honoring retiring National President Dr. James G. Stemler by establishing ten new study abroad scholarships in his name. The number of scholarships has now been increased to twenty. The James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships help offset some of the expense of studies abroad for eligible members of Alpha Lambda Delta.

The first male president of the Society, Dr. Stemler served the National Council of ALD for more than 14 years. He held the office of Vice President for Chapter Relations and Expansion, and completed his sixth year as National President in 2009. In addition to his dedicated service on the Council, Dr. Stemler has been an active chapter advisor at the University of Portland, and has been a very vocal proponent and promoter of studies abroad.

The Council recognizes that the world is becoming a global community, and there is a need for American students to experience life beyond the United States.  Study abroad programs are one of the ways in which our colleges and universities are accomplishing that goal. With this in mind, Alpha Lambda Delta is committed to helping its membership develop a more global view of the world.