Alpha Lambda Delta Rating, Reviews and Requirements. Is it worth it?
Anyone who receives an invitation to Alpha Lambda Delta must earn a 3.5 grade point average their first semester or first year. In addition, students must be enrolled full time during their first semester of undergraduate study.
Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 by Maria Leonard, the Dean of Women at the University of Illinois, to recognize academic excellence among freshman women. One year prior, Dean Thomas Arkle Clark had founded Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society to recognize academic excellence among freshman men. Both groups operated as single sex organizations until the mid-1970s when they both became coeducational in response to Title IX.
Alpha Lambda Delta has continued to celebrate academic excellence among first-year students and has grown to over 280 chapters and has initiated over one million students. The National Council which governs the organization has prudently invested the resources and gifts from local chapters, National Council members, former fellowship recipients, and friends of the Society over the years so that the Perpetual Fellowship Fund now exceeds $4 million and can provide support for 37 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000-$6,000 each, 20 study-abroad scholarships of $1,000-$2,000, and 26 graduate fellowships from $3,000 to $7,500. The fellowships are named for significant people in the history of the Society.
- Enhance Your Resume
- Lifetime Membership
- One-time fee for life. To keep your costs low, national dues are only $25 - the lowest fee of any honor society in the U.S. Chapters typically add local dues for induction ceremonies, campus programming, and service projects.
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Over $210,000 is awarded each year to our members in scholarship money to help fund undergraduate education, study abroad experiences, and graduate study.
- Online Leadership Development
- Community Service
- Meet Other Top Achievers
- Start as a GS-7 grade federal employee
- Educational Partners
Observation #1: This is a society specifically for Freshman scholarship, and we believe this will give early students the confidence to forge forward and get the grades needed to continue their membership.
Observation #2: ALD’s benefits are good, but compared to other societies, it seems that they offer more in terms of recognition than actual discounts or monetary benefits.
Observation #3: This society offers webinars for their members regularly, something that is not often displayed as a benefit for other societies--but it is a useful one!