Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

First in Scholarship and Leadership

True to its motto, “First in Scholarship and Leadership,” Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for part-time students in continuing higher education, holds up high standards. Founded in 1947 to honor evening students who while “adroitly handling their life responsibilities” still managed to shine academically, its newsletter is aptly called Midnight Oil. Alpha Sigma Lambda later now has more than 300 chapters, including Villanova University’s Mu Chapter.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees
Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees

To be eligible for this prestigious academic organization, Part-Time Studies 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, Part-Time Studies 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

ASL Scholarship Information

The Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) adult student honor society invites part-time students to apply for a total of twelve $2700 Triangle Club/Second Century ASL Scholarships.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation awards grants to adult students in continuing higher education based upon scholarship, leadership, clarity and content of personal statement, strength of recommendation, and need.

Applying students must: attend an institution with an active ASL chapter, be 24 years of age or older, be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program, and have completed 24 credits at Villanova with at least a 3.2 GPA. Applicants do NOT have to be an ASL member. The maximum award per student will be determined each year. Application information is now online at The deadline for submission is April 30.

ASL Awards Ceremony

In May, a dinner and awards ceremony are held on campus at the Connelly Center to recognize and induct students into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for adult students in higher education. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. The Medallion Awards are also presented to those students who achieved the highest cumulative average in their respective academic disciplines.

In addition to the award and induction ceremony, this annual spring gala event includes a celebratory reception hour followed by a three-course dinner complete with a guest speaker who demonstrates a connection to adult learners. The attendance and participation of past inductees, families, friends and an assortment of Villanova faculty and staff all contribute to make the evening a uniquely joyous occasion.  The College of Professional Studies extends congratulations to all of the inductees and award recipients. We look forward to continuing this tradition, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our students and their contribution to the Villanova community.

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