Ledford Scholarships


The Ledford Scholarship, named for Colonel Lee B. Ledford, offers financial assistance for students enrolled at ACA member institutions with summer research in the fields of:

  • laboratory and field work
  • interviews
  • analyzing special collections
  • participant observation, etc

Students in a variety of disciplines have been supported in the past; e.g., English, sociology, history, biology, computer science, and religious studies, and library research (particularly using the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia) is strongly encouraged.  In addition, research proposals with a strong service component are welcome. 

The Ledford Scholarship provides stipends for students at a rate of $8.50/hour ($5,120 max) and an allotment of $1,000 for equipment and travel. 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 you throughout your research project.  Please review the expectation or faculty mentors by referring to the faculty mentor guidelines.



  • Must be a full-time student, returning 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 (

  • 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 your institution

  • Cannot have more than two Ledford supported students participating

  • 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, 2017 - January 21,2018

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