The Academic Awards & Fellowships Office at Lewis & Clark College provides advising to students who seek to learn about and apply for national grants and awards for international exchange, professional placement, and graduate study. Additionally, the office offers support to faculty as they guide students in these endeavors.
Who can apply? Candidacy for these awards requires excellent academic performance as well as demonstrated engagement on campus and in the broader community, whether through service, leadership, athletics, or the arts. Additionally, some awards recognize students’ commitment to a particular field of study or professional interest.
When do students apply? While LC students may not be eligible or strongly qualified to apply for these awards until their senior year or after graduation, some awards recognize students earlier in their college careers. Additionally, students may find that learning about these opportunities as first-year students, sophomores, and juniors offers a way to add structure and purpose to their college experience.
Why should students apply? Applying for awards gives students a way to engage in a valuable process of learning about themselves and developing goals for life beyond Lewis & Clark. Additionally, these external awards can bring prestige and opportunity to the applicant as well as recognition to the college and its faculty.
How do students apply? Consult our “Awards Database” for further information and deadlines. Note that these competitive grants sometimes require Lewis & Clark to nominate students as part of the application process, and the College is sometimes limited in the number of nominees it can forward. For those fellowships, you will notice that the application requires an internal deadline. Your complete application, including faculty references, will allow you to compete to represent the College in the broader, national competition—and also give you the benefit of the advice of members of advisors who have been appointed to help students with their applications.
For all fellowships, making an early start and seeking the help of advisors can ensure a competitive application.