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First-Year Programs oversees the NKU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), the Honor Society for First-Year Students. Eligible students are formally inducted in the spring of their first year and become part of a community of scholars for the remainder of their college experience. ALD organizes social, academic and service events for its members every semester.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes students' academic success during their first year at a college of university. Found in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has over a million lifetime members and is present on over 275 campuses nationwide. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

For more information on Alpha Lambda Delta.

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The Flame is Alpha Lambda Delta's annual magazine. It highlights chapter activities, awards and scholarship winners, and news around the Society. Check out this years edition and see some familiar faces.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a 3.5 GPA or higher (on a 4.0-point scale) during your first term or your first year of study at Northern Kentucky University.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a degree at Northern Kentucky University.
  • Eligible students are contacted early in the spring semester of their freshman year.

Please email ALD advisor Tracy Hart ( for more information.

Congratulations Kolawole Akinrele!!!!

The Office of First-Year Programs and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society would like to congratulate Kolawole Akinrele for winning the Jo Anne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarship. Akinrele is a mathematics and statistics major, by earning the scholarship he gained recognition for his hard work within the academic and extra-curricular activities he takes part in. The scholarship is for the 2018-2019 academic year, for more information visit the Trow Undergraduate Scholarship.

Each Year, Alpha Lambda Delta awards 36 Trow scholarships to outstanding students from across the country. Selection is based on maintaining a 3.5 grade point average, academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, campus and community service activities, and applicant's essay answers. The national selection committee was faced with a difficult task as there where 78 applicants who qualified.

The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship was started in 1988, in honor of a past National President of Alpha Lambda Delta. Jo Anne J. Trow is the former Vice President for Student Services at Oregon State University. This award was originally established to give chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta an annual opportunity to reward an outstanding sophomore member with a small stipend. The scholarships currently offer five $6,000 awards, five $3,000 awards, five $2,000 awards, and twenty-one $1,000 awards. Trow served National Alpha Lambda Delta as a District Advisor from 1974 to 1979, as National Secretary from 1979 to 1983, as President-elect from 1984 to 1985, and as National President from 1985 to 1988. During her presidency, the Society's governing body, the National Council, was restructured to provide more streamlined operations.