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Alumni Association Scholarship


Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Fax: 202-895-4998

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

Top photo: Sirah Bah (far left), 2015 recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship, pictured with her father, Alpha Bah, CAS/MA ’90. Bottom photo: Hailey Russell (second from left), 2013 recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship, pictured with her father, Michael Russell, Kogod/BA '86, her mother, Christine Moo-Young, Kogod/BA '87, and her sister Kiera Russell, SIS/BA '15.

About the Scholarship

American University values the legacy of an AU education, passed down from generation to generation. In 1981, the Alumni Association Scholarship was created to support legacy students, who have a mother, father, or grandparent with a degree from AU.

This $5,000 per-year scholarship is currently awarded every year to a freshman legacy student who has attained a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school grade average and has submitted a 500-word essay describing how their parent's or grandparent’s student experience influenced their own decision to attend AU.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic records, involvement in leadership and community service activities, and demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship recipient is selected by the AU Alumni Board.

Support the Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is funded by the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment, which was created in 2008 to ensure the continuance of this program. Proceeds from the Alumni Audit program contribute to the endowment, which is also supported by private gifts. Through the Alumni Audit program, alumni may audit one AU course per semester for a $100 fee, $75 of which is directed toward the endowment.

Please donate today! You can make an invaluable difference in the lives of future AU legacy students by contributing to the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment fund. 

More Information

For more information about the Alumni Association Scholarship or Endowment, please contact Pat Rabb, Associate Director of Alumni Admissions Volunteers, at 202-885-3413 or