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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
Annika Hemdal, 2016 Alumni Association Scholarship recipient and her mother

 Annika Hemdal, SIS/BA '20 and the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship, pictured with her mother, Stephanie Hemdal, SPA/BA '90. 

About the Alumni Association 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 awarded every year to a freshman legacy student who has attained a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school grade average. Eligible freshmen must also submit a 500-word essay describing how their parent's or grandparent’s student experience influenced their own decision to attend AU, what impact the scholarship has on them, and how they will participate in the AU community.

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 2017 scholarship deadline is February 28, 2017 and the recipient is selected by the AU Alumni Board.

Sirah Bah and her family
Sirah Bah (far left), 2015 recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship, pictured with her father, Alpha Bah, CAS/MA ’90. 

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. 

the Russell Family
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 Russel, SIS/BA '15. 

More Information

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