Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society: Gamma Iota Chapter

For Adult Students in Higher Education

PoseyFirst in Scholarship and Leadership

In the winter of 1945-46, Dr. Rollin B. Posey (right), Dean of University College at Northwestern University, realized that a measure of encouragement and recognition accorded to an evening student’s scholastic achievement at an early stage of his/her program could provide the thrust of desire to achieve his/her educational objectives. Dr. Posey founded a society, Alpha Sigma Lambda, to honor those dedicated adult students who, while adroitly handling their life responsibilities, achieve and maintain high scholastic standards.

Today there are over 300 chartered chapters throughout the United States. The camaraderie, advantages, and benefits of Alpha Sigma Lambda are its own best incentive for being. The society not only brings together outstanding students and faculty, but also offers each individual an exposure to interests other than his/her own.

For the nontraditional student, the society stands as an inspiration for continuing scholastic growth, and is a builder of pride through recognition. For the chapter institution, the society serves as a vehicle for imparting appreciation for adult students’ academic achievements and contributions. Also, the society has been found to aid immensely in the recruitment and retention of nontraditional/adult students.

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest, but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students.

Student Membership Criteria

Students interested in attaining membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society must attend a regionally accredited college or university that offers two- or four-year degrees to non-traditional/adult students.

Mount Saint Mary College is a member of the society and is therefore able to offer membership to its students. Membership is strictly by invitation to the chapter at the matriculating institution. Currently, membership is limited to undergraduate students seeking their first degree.


Grants will be made to adult students in continuing higher education based on scholarship, leadership, the clarity and content of their personal statement, strength of recommendation, and need. Funds will be disbursed to the college business/treasurer's office in the name of the student as a credit to his/her account. The maximum award per individual will be determined each year.

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