Learn More About Alpha Lambda Delta
What is Alpha Lambda Delta?
Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. We are a national organization that’s been in existence since 1924 and recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first or second semester as a college freshman. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”
What are the Requirements for Membership?
- You must have a 3.5 or higher Career GPA (on a 4.0-point scale) at the end of your first or second semester as an undergraduate first-time freshman.
- You must be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate (Bachelor’s) degree at an accredited institution with an active ALD chapter on campus.
- You must have no repeats, no incompletes, no failures
- Freshmen transfer students from institutions that do not have an ALD chapter must have the required ALD GPA on the courses taken during the first full year in the institution to which they transfer. In addition, the cumulative average of the grades of the student’s transfer credits combined with the grades in the institution in which the student is currently enrolled must equal the ALD academic grade requirement.
What is the Application Process & Are Membership Dues Required?
- You should receive an emailed letter of invitation to join our chapter via the National ALD MyHonorSociety during the 2nd or 3rd week in February with instructions on how to accept your invitation to join online.
- If you feel you meet the above requirements and have not received an invitation to join by the end of February, contact our Administrative Advisor.
- There is a one-time membership fee currently set at $45.00 ($25.00 is for national dues and $20.00 is for local chapter dues) and is for a “lifetime” membership. You will never have to pay anything more to maintain your membership status. “Once a member-always a member”. (Your membership in ALD can never be taken away). You are entered on the National Alpha Lambda Delta Roster when you officially accept the online membership. At the initiation (induction), you will receive your certificate of membership and an ALD initiate’s key from the National Alpha Lambda Delta.
What and When is the Initiation?
- The initiation is a ceremony that inducts you into the National and Local ALD. You will be notified of the initiation date and location in your letter of invitation. National Alpha Lambda Delta refers to this ceremony as an “initiation”: there are no requirements other than accepting the invitation to join and paying your membership dues. At the ceremony, our current President will ask you to repeat the following pledge: “I accept membership into National Alpha Lambda Delta understanding that in doing so I assume the responsibility of continuing to maintain its standards of service, of diligence, and of integrity. I pledge to promote high scholarship and to use my education for the benefit of my community, my nation, and the world in which we live.”
- You will be presented with your ALD initiate’s key and your certificate.
- You may invite guests.
- The Ceremony is followed by a dessert reception.
What Must I Do to Become an ALD Officer?
Your online invitation to join will also include an appeal for officers. Just indicate that you wish to be considered for an officer position and one of the Advisors will contact you. You will be advised in a later email of the officer organization meeting. Installation of officers is a part of our Initiation Ceremony and serving as an ALD Officer for the year fulfills your CSER for that year.
Will I be Required to Attend all the Meetings and Activities?
We ask that each member attends as many of the activities and meetings as possible. The officers try to plan at least one membership meeting and several activities each semester so that you will have activities from which to choose. We realize that due to classes and other activities, you will not be able to attend each planned activity, but we do ask that you make an effort to support your local chapter in the activities in which you will be able to participate/attend.
The Activity Points System: For attendance at each ALD activity, one (1) Activity Point will be granted towards the required five (5) Activity Points needed by your graduation date to receive your ALD honor cord free of charge. As you progress through your undergraduate college career, your schedules will become busier and busier. Because your first year as an ALD member is your most active year in ALD, you could earn your free ALD honor cord for graduation in this one year, although you may use subsequent years up to your graduation date to earn the five Activity Points. As an ALD member, you may wear the ALD honor cord at graduation (“once a member…always a member”): you will have to pay for your ALD honor cord the year of your graduation if you do not earn the total five (5) Activity Points.
What about Scholarships and Fellowships?
Becoming a member of ALD does not give you any scholarships, however, as a member you may compete for national ALD Scholarships and Awards:
- The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarships are awarded to outstanding sophomores, to be used during their junior year. Thirty-five awards are presented annually: five awards of $6,000, five awards of $3,000, five awards of $2,000, and twenty awards of $1,000.
- Graduate Fellowships: Alpha Lambda Delta offers 23 Graduate Fellowships each year, ranging in value from $3,000 to $7,500. To be eligible for an ALD Graduate Fellowship, you must be a member of Alpha Lambda Delta who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a graduate or professional studies program during the coming academic year. You must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA (or the equivalent grade average under your institution’s grade-point system), and you must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled at an accredited institution within the United States to apply.
- The James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships will take the form of fifteen $1,000 awards to offset the expense of studies abroad for eligible members of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for first-year students.
What are the Benefits of Joining Alpha Lambda Delta?
(copied from National ALD website)
- Lifetime National and local membership dues are affordable
- Enjoy your privacy – Alpha Lambda Delta will never sell your personal information to third parties
- Participate in local and national service and social activities – do your part to help the community and your campus.
- Compete for $55,000 in undergraduate scholarships at the National Level
- Compete for almost $90,000 in Alpha Lambda Graduate Fellowships
- Make friends from around the nation at the annual National Leadership Workshop
- Wear the Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Honor Cord at your graduation
- Receive the recognition that comes from membership in a national society with over 80 years of tradition.
- THE GREATEST BENEFIT: You have earned this recognition! And, it looks good on a resume!
Are LU Online Students Eligible to Join ALD?
As a Liberty University Online student, you may join ALD. If you are eligible to join, you will receive an emailed invitation to join letter. We realize that you will not be able to attend the meetings and participate in activities here on campus and we do not expect you to attend. Our Administrative Advisor will always advise you of our activities, and we ask you to feel free to participate in those in which you are able. For the Initiation and Reception, you will be invited to participate but it is not mandatory for you to attend. If you live here in the area or close to our area and can participate, then we think you would certainly enjoy it! If you are unable to attend, our ALD Administrative Advisor will mail your certificate, your initiate’s key, and a program to you.
If I have a Question, Whom Should I Contact?
You may contact our advisor. You will find our advisor’s contact information listed on our webpage.
Where Can I Find More Information on the National Alpha Lambda Delta and our local Alpha Lambda Delta chapter?
- National Alpha Lambda
- LU Chapter Facebook Page
- Our Chapter Bulletin Board: located on the 2nd-floor hallway wall near the 2nd-floor elevators
ONE FINAL NOTE: We are often confused with the LU Honors Program. The Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society is different from the LU Honors Program.