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Alumni Association Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship supports Legacy students pursuing higher education at American University.

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 annual scholarship is awarded every year to a incoming first-year legacy student. Eligible students must attain a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school grade point average and submit the following for scholarship consideration:

  • 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

    • How they will participate in the AU community

  • A resume, including extra/co-curricular involvement and other activities

  • One Letter of Recommendation

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 2019 Alumni Association Scholarship application is now open.

Apply Now

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, February 8. The recipient is selected by the AU Alumni Board. Please submit materials via the online application.

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

Hailey Russell, AU Legacy and Scholarship Recipient

Support the Scholarship

You can make a difference in the lives of future AU legacy students by contributing to the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment fund.

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