Alpha Lambda Delta Fellowship

Founded in spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Today, Alpha Lambda Delta has over 230 chapters throughout the United States, and more than 750,000 students have been initiated into membership since the first chapter was started 75 years ago.

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Alpha Lambda Delta's purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full time freshman students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university. Once initiated, an individual holds a lifetime membership.

Each year National Alpha Lambda Delta awards one $7,500 fellowship, seven $5,000 fellowships, and fifteen $3,000 fellowships. These fellowships have been established to help qualified members obtain graduate or professional degrees. Candidates will be considered on the basis of merit. Fellowship recipients will be announced by April 30.


Any initiated member of Alpha Lambda Delta who has maintained the cumulative average of Alpha Lambda Delta initiation standard (i.e., 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent) until graduation is eligible to apply. Members graduating this year may apply if they have achieved this average at the end of the first semester (of first quarter) of the current year. In determining the average of eligibility, the decimal point must be .5 or above, and not a .49 or any other average less than .5.

Selection will be based on academic records, recommendations submitted, the applicant's stated purpose, and campus and community activities.

Application Procedure:

  1. Supply all information requested. An incomplete application will not be forwarded to the selection committee.
  2. Arrange to have a complete transcript of all academic work, both undergraduate and graduate, sent to National Alpha Lambda delta Headquarters.
  3. List no more that three persons from whom you have requested letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a faculty member who can speak with authority about your ability to do graduate work in your chosen field. One additional letter is required from a person of your choice.
  4. All application materials must be postmarked on or before January 31. Application packets postmarked after January 31 will be returned to the sender. Send an original application and a photocopy to National Alpha Lambda Delta, P.O. Box 4403, Macon, GA 31208.

Fellowship Stipulations:

  1. Acceptance of the fellowship involves an obligation to begin and complete the year of study outlined in the application. The recipient must be enrolled full time and must be working toward an advanced degree.
  2. Any request by a recipient for an exception will be directed to the national Alpha Lambda Delta Headquarters.
  3. A fellowship will not be awarded for travel, for study outside the United States (unless the funds are to be paid to a college or university in the United States), or for independent research study.

Responsibilities of the Recipient:

  1. Notify National Alpha Lambda Delta promptly of the acceptance of the fellowship.
  2. Upon registration, request the Registrar of the Graduate Institution to be attended to send a written statement of enrollment, with a seal embossed, the national Alpha Lambda Delta Executive director, Glenda Earwood-Smith, P.O. Box 4403, Macon, GA 31208-4403. The fellowship funds will them be sent directly to the recipient's university.
  3. At the end of each grading period send a statement of grades to National Alpha Lambda Delta Headquarters.
  4. At the close of the period of study, send a final report, or a report of progress to date, to the Executive Director at National Alpha Lambda Delta Headquarters. This must be received prior to June 10 for consideration by the National Council.

Application blanks and information may be obtained from Dean of Academic Affairs, College Hall 122.