Junior Receives Prestigious Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society Scholarship

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Kara Wade, Lancaster, a junior occupational science major at Eastern Kentucky University, has received the $1,000 Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship, awarded by the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students. Wade is only the third EKU student to ever receive the scholarship.

Each year, National Alpha Lambda Delta awards at least 35 Trow scholarships to outstanding students across the country. The competition is open to any sophomore member of the Society who has maintained the required 3.5 GPA. Selection is based on academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, applicants’ statements, and campus and community activities.

For the 2014 competition, the national selection committee reviewed more than 85 applicants. “This year’s applicant pool was extremely strong, and selecting 35 winners from such a large group of outstanding students was, as always, a challenge,” said the chair of the Trow Scholarship Selection Committee, National President Dr. Susan Hoffman.

Alpha Lambda Delta, founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois, is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Since its inception, the Society has grown to find homes on more than 275 campuses throughout the United States, and has inducted more than 980,000 members in its 89-year history. This year, the Society recognized more than 30,000 new members, inviting students who have earned grades in the top 20 percent of their class.

The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship was established in 1988, in honor of a past national president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Jo Anne J. Trow is the former vice president for student services at Oregon State University. She served National Alpha Lambda Delta as a district adviser from 1974 to 1979, as national secretary from 1979 to 1983, as president-elect from 1984 to 1985, and as national president from 1985 to 1988. During her presidency, the Society’s governing body, the National Council, was restructured to provide more streamlined operation.

To learn more about Alpha Lambda Delta, visit firstyearcourses.eku.edu/alpha-lambda-delta-1.

Published on August 29, 2014

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