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 - students whose parent or grandparent received a degree from AU. This $5,000 per-year scholarship is awarded every year to a incoming first-year legacy student who has attained a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school grade point average. Eligible students 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 will have on their education; 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 Alumni Association Scholarship is funded by the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment, which was created in 2008 to ensure the continuance of this program. Private gifts and proceeds from the
Alumni Audit program help to support the endowment. The Alumni Audit program offers an opportunity for alumni to audit one AU course per semester for $150, with $125 of the $150 supporting the scholarship's endowment.
For more information about the Alumni Association Scholarship or Endowment, please contact Mina Kato, assistant director of alumni admission volunteers, at 202-885-3413 or