First in Scholarship and Leadership







Alpha Sigma Lambda is the national honor society for part-time students in continuing higher education. The lamp symbolizes wisdom, the key of Alpha Sigma Lambda.


True to its motto, “First in Scholarship and Leadership,” Alpha Sigma Lambda is the premier nationally recognized honor society for adult learners with a 75-year established history in higher education. Alpha Sigma Lambda represents the top non-traditional students for more than 300 institutions across the United States, including Villanova University’s Mu Chapter.

To be eligible for this prestigious academic organization, CPS students must:

  • Rank in the top 20 percent of those qualified
  • Have earned a minimum of 24 Villanova credits
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2

Ever since the Mu Chapter’s founding in 1958, CPS has been a participating member in Alpha Sigma Lambda. Among those who signed the charter were high-profile University officials including:

Rev. James A. Donnellon, O.S.A., University president from 1954-59;
Rev. John J. Curran, previous vice president for Financial Affairs;
Rev. Joseph J. Boyle, O.S.A., previous vice president for Academic Affairs;
Sister M. Alma Lawler, R.S.M., previous dean of the Nursing Division;
Dr. Eugene Powers, previous dean of the Evening Division & the chapter’s faculty advisor


Adult degree-seeking students who have completed 24 credit hours, hold a GPA of 3.2 or greater, and have a financial need for assistance to complete their degree may apply for an Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship. Application materials can be found on the ASL website and are due by April 10th to

An annual induction ceremony is held on campus to recognize and induct students into Alpha Sigma Lambda. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in adult students. 

The College of Professional Studies extends congratulations to all the inductees. We look forward to continuing this tradition, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our students and their contribution to the Villanova community.

Donna Fennell

Allison Hilliard

Kate Levin

Sean Lufkin

Toni Mascione

Nicole Mazzella

Ben Newton

Ryan Perry

Max Phillips

Anthony Ragni

Francis Schlupp

Madeline Smith

Jason Smith

Cheon Son


Robert Brickhouse

After leaving Villanova as a teenager in 1992, Robert was determined to return. In 2022, he left Villanova with his degree.

Madison DeWispelaere

Early in her career, Madison was ready for a new challenge. Her time at CPS prepared her for a leadership role.

Shelby Meyers

Inspired by passion for healthcare advocacy, Shelby used what she learned at CPS to change careers and make an impact.

Our Students

Their pursuit is inspiration. Because here at Villanova, we know that where you've been is just the beginning.