Association of College Honor Societies


Alpha Lambda Delta

Freshman Scholarship

Admitted to ACHS: 1939

Founded at the University of Illinois on May 31, 1924

No of Active Chapters: 275

Total Membership: 1001000

Annual/current Membership: 33678

Publications: The Flame

PURPOSE: The purpose of the society is to encourage superior scholastic attainment among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on superior academic achievement by students during their first year of college. The student must be registered for a full load of courses leading to a bachelor's degree. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (based on A=4.0) at the end of any curricular period during their first year of college and rank in the top 20% of the freshman class. Students are active during the year following induction, but enjoy life membership in the society.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Chapters may compete for the prestigious Order of the Torch Award, presented annually to outstanding chapters. The Jo Anne J. Trow scholarships of $1,000 to $6,000 each are presented to outstanding undergraduate members selected by a national panel. The James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 are awarded to 20 ALD members. Graduate Fellowships ranging from $3,000 to $7,500 are available for members seeking graduate or professional study. The Outstanding Advisor Award is presented annually. Chapters receive the Alpha and Delta Awards for increases in membership.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Eileen N. Merberg, Executive Director, 6800 Pittsford Palmyra Rd., Suite 340, Fairport, NY 14450

Tel: (585) 364-0840  

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 9/1/2017