Scholarships FAQ

General Information

Scholarships are available to initiated members, in good standing, of Alpha Delta Pi. We currently offer undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education scholarships. New (Alpha) members are encouraged to apply, but must be initiated members in order to accept the award.

Yes. Unless otherwise noted, we require a minimum 3.2 overall GPA.

Last year, we awarded more than $328,000 in scholarships. We have several new scholarship funds available for our 2043-2025 academic year, so we expect to give out even more awards with scholarships ranging from $750-$5,000.

Depending on the applicant’s qualifications and scholarship criteria, they may receive more than one scholarship in a given year.

Due to limited funding, we are unable to award a scholarship to every deserving applicant. We always have more applicants than funding available so the scholarship process is competitive with a 1 in 4 award rate. Each year brings a different pool of candidates and qualifications, so we encourage applicants to apply for scholarships each and every year they are in school!

Scholarships can only be used for tuition, books and fees. As a 501(c)(3) educational foundation, unfortunately scholarships cannot be used for dues or room and board. Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the school and can only be applied towards academic expenses.

No. The great part about our scholarship application process is that you only need to submit one complete application. You are automatically eligible for any scholarship for which you qualify.

A panel of higher education professionals make up our scholarship selection committee. These volunteers will read, score, and recommend all scholarship recipients. They use a combination of factors including academic excellence, participation and leadership in Alpha Delta Pi, campus activities, community involvement, awards and honors, employment or other significant commitments, and financial need (if applicable). An important criterion for selection is the essay. The committee is looking for a creative and thoughtful response to the prompts provided in a clear and concise format (500 words or less).

Yes! We encourage our members to apply for scholarships every year they will be in school. Please note, every year the pool of applicants is different. Receiving a scholarship one year does not guarantee you will receive an award another year.

Yes, several of our scholarships have financial need as a qualifying factor. Please make sure you fill out the Financial Need section of the application if you believe you qualify.

Types of Applications

We base the awards on the upcoming academic year, so you would fill out the graduate application.

Yes! Please let us know what programs you have applied to and submit proof of enrollment for a graduate program by the time awards are processed in August. We understand many schools provide acceptance materials following the March 1st deadline.

Only fill out the graduate application if you have been separately admitted to a graduate program. If you are unsure or still have questions, please email foundation@alphadeltapi.com.

Deadlines and Late Materials

We have an “early bird” application deadline of February 16, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The final application deadline is March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Your recommendations are also due on March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Applications missing complete recommendations may not be considered. As the applicant, you are responsible for verifying that your references have submitted complete recommendation forms. You can check the status of your references and resend the references requests in the application.
The deadline for your recommendations is March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation will not accept late submissions or materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to: letters of recommendation, transcripts, or the application.

We strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible as this application does require thoughtful responses and personal recommendations from multiple people. Because this application is open and available for several months, we will not accept late submissions even in the event of a technology glitch. To protect your application from being lost, continue to save all your responses as you complete the online form. The application only saves information saved by the applicant, so save often.

Using SmarterSelect

SmarterSelect is a third-party application system to help manage the scholarship process. All applications and recommendation letters must be submitted via SmarterSelect. Applicants should create one SmarterSelect account to manage their application. It is not necessary to create more than one application or profile. If you have already created an account, please click the application link on the ADPi Foundation Scholarship page and sign-in to your account.

No. You do not have to complete your application in one session. You may save the information you have entered on the form, log out of SmarterSelect, and return at a later date to revise or complete your application. Just make sure you save along the way and SUBMIT your application before the March 1 deadline.

We will ask you to upload an unofficial or official copy of your transcript to SmarterSelect. A copy of your transcript from every college or university you have attended must be submitted. Again, for the application, it can be an unofficial copy. If you receive an award, we will require an official copy of your transcript be submitted before the scholarship distribution can be made to your college or university.

You can add an unofficial transcript to your application in several ways:

  • Within your school’s student portal, print/save your records to PDF and upload the file to your application OR
  • Take screenshots of your records, add them to a Word document, save as a PDF and upload the file to your application OR
  • Have your school release your transcript to you, scan it, and upload the file to your application

Remember, if you receive an award, we will require an official copy of your transcript be submitted, but for the application process, an unofficial transcript is sufficient.

Reference Letters

Undergraduate applicants will need:

  • one (1) letter of reference from a faculty member from their current institution who has instructed the applicant in an in-person or online classroom setting
  • one (1) letter of reference from an Alpha Delta Pi alumnae volunteer


Graduate applicants will need:

  • one (1) letter of reference from a faculty member who has instructed the applicant in their field of study (major, minor, or graduate program) OR one (1) letter of reference from a supervisor or primary employer
  • one (1) letter of reference from an Alpha Delta Pi alumnae volunteer 


Please note, reference letters from Greek Life advisors, deans, guidance counselors, or administrators who have not instructed the applicant in an in-person or online classroom setting will not be considered.

The application includes a form for your Alpha Delta Pi recommender to fill out. At the end of the form, they will be asked to attach a letter of recommendation. Your letter should come from a chapter advisor, board member of your local alumnae association, house corporation officer, or an Alpha Delta Pi International Officer.

One (1) form will need to be completed for each Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Education application.

Please note, reference letters from current Alpha Delta Pi Chapter Presidents, collegiate officers, collegiate members, or alumnae not serving in a volunteer position will not be considered.

No. Academic recommendation letters must be from those individuals who know you in an in-person or online classroom setting – who have had you in class and can give insight into your academic performance. This is why we ask the letters to be from a faculty member who has instructed you in an in-person or online classroom setting.

After each of your references submits a complete recommendation form, you will receive an email from SmarterSelect confirming their submission. You can also view the status of your reference’s recommendation forms at the top of each Reference section noted in the application.

No. All reference letters must be submitted on SmarterSelect prior to the deadline. Please see the REFERENCES page of the application for information about monitoring the status of recommendation forms, resending or canceling requests as needed.

Please ask the reference to confirm they clicked SUBMIT on the form. They will need to answer a few questions and upload your letter, so it’s possible they did everything except clicking the button to SUBMIT. Once they successfully submit your reference, there will be an on-screen confirmation message, and you will receive an automated email.

Please note, due to the significant volume of applications we receive it is your responsibility to follow up with those you have asked to write your references. No late submissions will be considered.

Award Status Notification

You will receive a notification via email in early June. Notifications will be sent to your primary email, included on your application, if you have received an award or not. Please add foundation@alphadeltapi.com to your address book to prevent this email from being marked as junk/spam.

In the event any initially-selected recipient can no longer accept an award or fails to submit their acceptance materials on time, an alternate recipient will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants. Alternate recipients will be notified via email.

A scholarship acceptance packet will be mailed or emailed, based on the recipient’s preference, during the summer months. Pending all materials have been accepted, checks will be mailed directly to the college or university between August 15 – 30, 2024.