Tusculum University


Ledford Scholarships


The Ledford Scholarship, named for Colonel Lee B. Ledford, offers financial assistance for summer research projects to undergraduate students enrolled at ACA member institutions. Undergraduate students from any disciplines are eligible, and a variety of fields of study have been supported in the past in the natural and health sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and so forth, applying various methodologies, e.g., laboratory research, field work, interview/oral history, archival/library research (particularly using the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia), participant observation, etc... In addition, research proposals with a strong service component are welcomed.

The Ledford Scholarship provides stipends for students at a rate of $10.00/hour for up to 360 hours ($3,600 maximum) over the course of the summer (which may be allocated in a reasonable manner during the summer period) and an allotment of up to $1,000 for reasonable equipment and travel needs. 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 the student throughout the project.  Please review the expectation of faculty mentors by referring to the faculty mentor guidelines.


Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student during the academic year in which the application is made;

  • Return 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 (see for the listing of these counties); and

  • 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 the student's ACA institution;

  • Cannot have more than two Ledford supported students participating; and

  • May include travel necessary to achieve the research goals if the faculty mentor accompanies the student. 

 View application materials and responsibilities.



Accepting applications October 9, 2018 - January 21,2019

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