The Ledford Scholarship, named for Colonel Lee B. Ledford, offers financial assistance for students enrolled at ACA member institutions with summer research in the fields of:
laboratory and field work
analyzing special collections
participant observation, etc
Students in a variety of disciplines have been supported in the past; e.g., English, sociology, history, biology, computer science, and religious studies, and library research (particularly using the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia) is strongly encouraged. In addition, research proposals with a strong service component are welcome.
The Ledford Scholarship provides stipends for students at a rate of $8.50/hour ($5,120 max) and an allotment of $1,000 for equipment and travel. No funding is available for faculty mentors.
Applications must have the support of a faculty member who will agree to serve as a mentor to you throughout your research project. Please review the expectation or faculty mentors by referring to the faculty mentor guidelines.
Must be a full-time student, returning to an ACA institution for at least one semester following the research term
Have graduated from a high school or been home schooled in a designated Appalachian or contiguous county as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission (www.arc.gov)
Have a 2.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
All research projects:
Must receive the endorsement of a faculty mentor and the Chief Academic Officer of your institution
Cannot have more than two Ledford supported students participating
May include travel necessary to achieve the research goals if the faculty mentor accompanies the student.
View application materials and responsibilities.
Application deadline extended to January 20, 2017
*Please submit all reports electronically and in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.*