75 Years of Celebrating Student Scholarship and Excellence 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is celebrating 75 years of scholarship and excellence! Here is a look at what we have accomplished!

  • In 1985, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (ASLHS) awarded three (3) scholarships for a total of $1500.  In 2021, ASLHS awarded five (5) $3000 scholarships and fifteen (15) $2500 scholarships for a total of $52,500. 

  • To date, ASLHS Honor Society has awarded 303 scholarships for a total amount of $508,900. Each year, it is our goal to increase the number of scholarships each year.

  • ASLHS has partnered with over 560 colleges and institutions throughout the United States. 

  • ASLHS has currently recognized 104,464+ adult learners for their outstanding achievements in higher education.  

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda online community includes 15,992 people across social media platforms. 


Since 1996, the ASLHS Home Office has been located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Central Illinois.  The home office consists of one (1) full time and one (1) full-time employee who provide customer service to ASLHS chapter and student members.   ASLHS currently has nine (9) board members that reside throughout the United States.  Our voluntary board members are passionate about ASLHS and the adult learner.

In honor of our 75th Anniversary we asked our board members to share what Alpha Sigma Lambda means to them and if they could share some favorite moments. 

Shelley Hintz | Society President

Shelly has served for 3.5 years as a board member, and even longer as chapter councilor.

“Alpha Sigma Lambda means recognizing the sacrifices adult students make in order to prioritize their education. Meeting like-minded professionals from other institutions who have the same goals of recognizing adult students…I also appreciate how ASL provides scholarship opportunities to adult students. It is rewarding to hear the student stories from the scholarship winners. Also, it is rewarding to see students post on the social media groups their pride as they receive their certificates and then again when they graduate.” 

Bob Charlebois

Director of Adult Learner Services | 2 Years of service 

“ASLHS gives the University of South Alabama a great opportunity to recognize our adult population and celebrate their great academic achievement.  As a university that is predominantly focused on traditional students, it is great to have an organization for adult students…Unfortunately, covid has prevented us from holding induction ceremonies in person but it is always great to receive email from invited students who are so excited about the recognition of all of their hard efforts” 

Maria R. Altobello

Treasurer | 4 Years of Service 

“Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion of assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities. Reading the scholarship applications is my favorite activity.  Through the applicants’ essays, I see the power the Association has to impact the lives of those who strive for upward mobility.  Their stories are eye opening and inspiring.”

Elizabeth Pack

Chapter Councilor and Secretary of Board of Directors | 4 Years of Service 

“Passion for adults pursuing higher education; affirmation and recognition of their valiant efforts…My favorite moments have to be the induction services to the honor society.  It is a privilege being a part of such an important moment in the lives of our students. Serving as secretary for the board of directors has also been a great experience thus far.  I have been blessed by the collegiality and shared passion for adult students. The dedication to the work to support and recognize adult students is impressive.”

Guy D’Onofrio

Asset Manager and Assistant Executive Director | 29 years of Service 

“I was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Eta Chapter as a student at Drexel University over 40 years ago. It was very meaningful to me to receive this recognition as I was involved in leadership roles in various student activities at Drexel while maintaining the grades to achieve Highest Honors at graduation! I was delighted to be asked to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Foundation Board in 1992 at the request of then Board member Dean Stanley Gwiazda of Drexel University. I served as Treasurer for the Foundation, overseeing the Scholarship Fund, until it merged with the Society in 2007.  My most favorite moment was 10 years ago when I was asked Dr. Patricia Brown, the Society’s president at that time, to induct her into Alpha Sigma Lambda! I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Board and working with the Officers and fellow Board members in keeping our Scholarship program going strong!” 

Penny Gaskins

Vice President | 6 years in service

“I took that first step to return to school after 35 years, but did I have what it took to make it? I forged through and it was difficult. There were times I felt like I was a fish out of water. Here I was a woman in her 50s going to school with kids that could have been my children or grandchildren. I remember when the local chapter counselor of the Alpha Sigma Lambda emailed me and invited me to join. I thought it was a joke. They must have made some type of mistake, there was no way that I was worthy to be invited to join. I went to the induction ceremony and did not tell anyone in my family. I was so scared that they were going to tell me they had made a mistake and I did not want my family to be embarrassed when my name was not called. When I was inducted, I knew then it was real. I went home and told my mom. She said, “I wish you would have told me, I would have gone if you had. I would have been honored to see you inducted. I am so very proud of you”.  She died a year later. I will never forget that. Alpha Sigma Lambda gave me the confidence to never stop reaching for the stars. To be recognized for my accomplishments at my age was something that words cannot express. I will always remember that moment when I was inducted into the honor society and how I felt knowing that I had truly made it. My favorite moment was when the Vice President of Academic Affairs asked if I would take the reins of counselor for the Local chapter at Thomas University. It was my first induction ceremony and of course I wanted it to be so special since I knew how I felt when I was first inducted into the honor society. I asked another employee that had been inducted into the society years earlier to act as my deputy. She agreed.  So we set out to make this an event that would be remembered for a long time.  We had received a weather warning that a hurricane was headed in our direction and that it would be making land fall later that night. There was no way we were going to cancel this event. We had 25 students that year being inducted. The University Chapel severed as the back drop for the ceremony where the students lined up and marched in as their families stood and honored them. After a beautiful ceremony, refreshments were served under a large tent. Everyone was so excited. It made me so happy to see these adults that had come back to school and work so hard to accomplish this. They laughed and cried. It was a moment I will never forget. I think I was more excited than they were.  We finished the ceremony and everyone made it home safely and in plenty of time. Although every moment working with the honor society is special to me. I do not think I would be where I am today without the encouragement and the confidence that I gained from becoming an ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA.” 


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2020 Scholarship Recipients Highlight | Part 4

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to supporting adult learners access to higher education by awarding scholarships each year.  Many university scholarship programs are not oriented toward adult students, forcing adult learners to seek out loans, or are often forced to work multiple jobs so that they can provide for their families while pursuing their degree. Learn more about two nontraditional students who were recently awarded a scholarship from Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Iris has lived in the Philadelphia area for over twenty years. One of her biggest passions is helping others, which she has done through both her work and as a volunteer. She is a wife and the proud mother of three adult sons. 

For the past fourteen years, she has worked with an agency that provides mental health services for children. Iris is currently enrolled at Chestnut Hill College and is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology.

Her goal is to go on to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Services. Upon completing her formal education, Iris wishes to work in the mental health field, working specifically with the underserved Spanish-speaking population.

 

Scholarship Recipient Iris Dabney

Iris Dabney


Scott is in the process of reinventing himself.  He has gotten sober, divorced, and has left a dead-end job in New York City to move out to Long Island to attend Stony Brook University.  Scott has been a government worker, a paralegal, and an actor.  He has traveled to Norway as a foreign-exchange student, worked for a summer in Yellowstone National Park, even traveled across the U.S. and Canada competing as a bagpiper in various highland games.  Scott hopes to gather up all these life experiences, mix them up with his wild and vivid imagination, and recreate himself as a novelist. 

Currently, Scott is an English Major at Stony Brook, a student in the English Department’s Honors Program and is Treasurer for Alpha Nu Zeta, the local chapter of the International English Honors Society, and a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. 

Scott never finished college when he was younger.  Now, at 47-years-old, he is grateful not only for the opportunity to finish something he started, but to do something he loves.

Scholarship Recipient Scott MacKenzie

Scott MacKenzie


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals and continue their education! You can help students like Iris and Scott on their continuing education journeys by making a donation today!

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

As a student, there comes a time you may need to request letters of recommendation from a faculty member. For example, the Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application asks for a letter of recommendation. Beyond that, you may need letters of recommendation for graduate schools, job applications, and more. Below are some tips for you to consider when you need to request a letter of recommendation. 

  1. Reach out to faculty who you recently took classes with. Remind them who you are- what grade you received, and anything else that may have stuck out (for example, the topic of your final paper or project, or if there were online discussions, how frequently or early you posted.)

  2. Mention a few things about yourself – what your educational and professional goals are, what your other responsibilities are in addition to taking classes.

  3. Clarify that the recommendation is meant to portray the type of student you are- which a faculty member can usually speak to from your behavior in their course.

  4. Offer to provide additional information if the faculty member feels it would be useful.

  5. Give the faculty a few weeks to complete the letter…don’t ask the week it is due.

  6. Ask a few faculty members for recommendations. So that if one or more don’t feel comfortable giving one, you don’t have to start the process over. It does not hurt to end up with more than one recommendation.

  7. For the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Remind the faculty that the recommendation can be sent via email using their faculty email address (this alleviates any worry of having to use the school’s letterhead, which can be difficult for some non-local faculty to obtain).

Keep these tips in mind as you reach out for letters of recommendation. Also, if you know now that you plan to attend graduate school or go into a field that requires faculty references, start now to develop relationships with your faculty members while you are in their class. Being an active student in discussions, helping other students, and chatting with the faculty member (whether online or on-site) may help down the road when you need that reference. 


Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Student Scholarships  for nontraditional students. 

Already applied? Visit STUDENT RESOURCES for more tips and scholarship opportunities. 

Mikela A. Mulleneaux | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Currently serving in the United States Air Force, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Networks and Cyber Security through the University of Maryland Global Campus. My passion for the Cyber Security field bloomed upon first enlisting in the service as a systems administrator. Upon completion of my degree, I hope to further my education through IT Certifications as well as obtain a Master’s degree. In my free time, I enjoy producing music, writing, and running. 

“I am so very honored to be a part of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and want to thank everyone who gave me this opportunity.”

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help us continue to support nontraditional students by making a donation and provide assistance to other students like Mikela who are on their continuing education journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

Brittany Eddy | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Eddy is a student in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. By trade, she is an investment associate with a firm located in Charlottesville, VA.

Here, she co-founded a financial confidence mentorship program with a local nonprofit organization. At UVA, she is a Peer Mentor, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Treasurer for the Beta Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Brittany Eddy on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Sigma Xi  

Suffolk County Community College – Michael J. Grant Campus

Upsilon Rho

Irvine Valley College

Re-established Chapters

 Gamma Gamma   

Rhode Island College

Upsilon Alpha

University of Arkansas – Fort Worth

Omega Philia  

Dickinson State University 

 Psi Omega     

Nichols College

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education who come together to celebrate scholarship and leadership.  Starting a chapter brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

2019 Board of Directors

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Board of Directors

 

As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:

 

Society President:  Matt Hlinak, Dominican University – Priory Campus

Society Secretary:  Karen Cordova, Regis University

Society Treasurer:  Maria Altobello, Franklin Pierce University

Member-at-Large:  Cheryl Hines, SUNY Cortland

 

Learn more about the history of Alpha Sigma Lambda starting in 1945, when Dr. Rollin Posey was Dean of the University College at Northwestern University inherited an honorary named Alpha Sigma Lambda and decided to remake it to serve the needs of his students, while recognizing superior scholarship among those students.

Get involved by starting a chapter at your learning institution.

James Bartlett-Vanderpuye

James Bartlett-Vanderpuye is currently a Junior at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Worldwide majoring in Aeronautics with a minor in Management and Occupational Health and Safety.  Currently enlisted in the Air Force as a Logistician, future plans include becoming a C17 Pilot for the Air Force.  

Enlisted for eight years and deployed three times, pursuing an education has been dependent upon time and available funds. 

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship will provide needed funds for flying lessons as he has earned 10 of the 40 required hours for a pilot’s license.  In his free time, James enjoys watching and playing sports.

 Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like James here.

 

Nancy Vazquez

My name is Nancy Vazquez and I am a senior at Texas Woman’s University. I went back to school in the summer of 2016 to pursue a career in accounting. I have earned two associates degrees in the education and IT fields, and this winter I will be graduating with a BBA in Accounting. In addition to being a full-time student, I work as an accounts payable manager for a flooring company and as an operations clerk for a bank. In my time at TWU, I have served as the treasurer of the Accounting and Finance Society. I was also honored to receive the TSCPA Accounting Excellence Award for 2018. One of the most rewarding experiences at TWU is being able to work in the accounting lab and tutor other students.

I joined the Alpha Sigma Lambda Society at the beginning of last semester and it has been life changing. I am grateful for the amazing people I have met and the opportunities available to succeed and help each other on the way. 

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like Nancy.

Matthew Morris

I am a senior at the Catholic University of America. My major is Human Services Administration. I am a Service Connected Disabled Veteran. I am the father of two adult children, the oldest a member of the United States Navy, and the youngest a student at Penn State. I have two beautiful grandchildren and the privilege of providing care for my elderly parents. I am the president of a non-profit recovery organization in Alexandria, VA

“The journey from addict to 4.0 University student was long and hard, but Matthew stayed the course and overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges. The youngest son in a close-knit Catholic family, Matthew joined the Navy after high school to serve his country. While he was on active duty, a pickup truck rammed his car and ended life as he knew it.”

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like Matthew.