Students who have been accepted to the Liberty Scholars program for the 2014-2015 academic year will find important information about the program and their next steps on this page. Please read this information carefully so that you fully understand the program and your role as a Liberty Scholar.
As a Liberty Scholar, you will be awarded a full-tuition and fees scholarship. This scholarship covers tuition and fees charged to you based upon the standard registration of your program. The scholarship does not cover the following items:
- Tuition charged for registration beyond 20 credits in a quarter
- Tuition charged for registration in quarters you are not scheduled to be in classes for
- University Housing
- University Dining Plans
- Text books
- University Health Insurance
- Immunization Processing Fee
- Fees for special programs (i.e., Study Abroad Program Fees)
One of the requirements of the Liberty Scholars program is that your file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that you can be reviewed for federal and state financial aid. Any financial assistance you receive from the federal government or from the state can be used to cover the costs not covered by the scholarship.
You may also be awarded Federal Work-Study funding, which will allow you to work part-time on campus and earn money for other costs.
You may have requirements associated with your financial aid that you must complete before your aid can be finalized. You will need to monitor your Drexel One account to determine if you have any outstanding requirements. All requirements should be completed before the start of the 2014 fall quarter.
Even though you will be receiving a full tuition and fees scholarship, you will still receive eBill statements. Drexel University will be billing on a quarterly basis starting in 2014, which means you will receive an eBill each term that will show your charges, your financial aid, and the difference between the two for the term. If your financial aid does not cover all of your charges for a term, you are responsible for paying the difference by the due date listed on your eBill.
For your first year in the program, your charges for each of your quarters will include:
- Myers Hall Charges
- Dining Plan Charges
If you sign-up for University Health Insurance, you will be charged the entire amount during the fall quarter.
If your quarterly financial aid is more than your quarterly bill, you may be eligible to receive the difference as a refund. You can use refunds to assist you in purchasing text books in addition to school supplies. You should sign-up for eRefund in order to receive your funds faster.
As a Liberty Scholar, you will be assigned a current Drexel faculty or professional staff member to be your mentor. Your mentor will be an additional resource for you during your time at Drexel, someone you will be checking in with on a quarterly basis to discuss your experiences and progress. The individual assigned to be your mentor will be chosen based on the information you submit on your Mentor Match-up Form.
It is your responsibility to maintain contact with your mentor and to ensure you meet with them at least once a term. The nature of the relationship you develop is left up to you and your mentor; however, you should keep in mind the following:
- Your mentor may not be associated with your college or major
- Your mentor may come from an entirely different background than you
It is important that you keep an open mind about the benefits a mentor can have on your experience at Drexel. No matter who your mentor is, they have made a comittment to volunteer their time and effort to assist you in any way they can. You will be meeting your mentor and creating a contract with them outlining your relationship before the start of the Fall 2014 quarter (see events below).
For the 2014-2015 academic year, you will be living in Myers Hall in the Liberty Scholars Learning Community. Living along side your fellow Liberty Scholars will give you the opportunity to bond as a group, share experiences and develop stronger community ties. Additionally, the Liberty Scholars Learning Community will host events throughout the year that you will be able to participate in.
The Liberty Scholars program does not require you to live on-campus after your first year. However, you are still required to meet the general university's two-year residency requirements. Also, you should be aware that living off-campus or commuting from home may impact your federal and state financial aid.
Involvement in the Drexel Community is an important part of the Liberty Scholars program. There are many different activities, organizations and opportunities for you to participate in that will benefit both yourself and the university. As a Liberty Scholar, you are required to participate in at least one extracurricular activity of your choice each year you are enrolled at Drexel, but it is strongly encouraged that you go beyond this requirement. Some of the options that may be available to you include:
Here is an example of a current Liberty Scholar and his campus involvement since starting in Drexel in 2010:
"Throughout my time at Drexel University, I have been blessed with opportunities to gain real world experience, develop great relationships, and travel the globe. As a junior studying finance in the 5-year undergraduate program, I completed two co-ops and am now on my third. During my first co-op at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, I gained a broad overview of the financial markets. While on my second co-op at Turner Investments, I was able to dive deeper in to the world of finance and contribute to the firm's investment decisions. Having just finished a four-month study abroad program in Hong Kong, I am now working in San Francisco for my third co-op with Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management team.
While not at work, I have been able to participate in various organizations on campus to gain a more well-rounded education and college experience. During the summer between my first and second years at Drexel, I conducted and presented research on technology transfer offices through the STAR program with the Pennoni Honors College. Not too long afterwards I became a resident assistant in the residence halls where I served as a mentor to first-year domestic and international students.
The opportunities do not stop there. Students are able to participate in various organizations of their interests; if no such organizations exist, we have the opportunities to start our own. I was fortunate enough to help start chapters of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity on campus. Both experiences have allowed me to develop great friendships and leadership experience."
Drexel Liberty Scholar - 2010-2011 Inaugural Cohort
There are many forms of academic support available to you. It is required of all new Liberty Scholars to visit the Drexel Learning Center at the beginning of the Fall 2014 quarter to meet with Sa'eed Abdul-Khabeer for a review of the services available should you need any assistance later in your career at Drexel.
Dragon Summer Program
The Dragon Summer Program (DSP) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entering Drexel freshmen. DSP prepares students for the transition from high school to college by developing higher-level academic skills and strong peer networks through participation in a learning community centered on academic excellence. By cultivating the talents and proficiencies of DSP participants, students are empowered to navigate the complex University environment, utilize resources that support their success, and maximize their involvement in the Drexel community. Throughout their first year, DSP students receive customized services that can include academic learning communities and mentoring, as well as networking and social opportunities. Most important, the connections made during DSP will last through the college years and beyond.
Visit the Dragon Summer Program web page for more information.
Freshman Academic Seminar
A year-long program, Freshman Academic Seminar is a new learning community in which students in select majors from across the University create a team learning environment to enhance the freshman experience and foster community. Students in the Freshman Academic Seminar receive personal attention through small classes and dedicated faculty and advisors and have opportunities for social engagement through special group activities.
Visit the Freshman Academic Seminar web page for more information.
As a Liberty Scholar, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to remain in the program:
- Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (as of the end of the 2014-2015 spring quarter)
- Contact with your mentor at least once per term
- Participate in at least one Drexel organization or activity of your choice
- Participate in all official Liberty Scholars events
- Meet with Sa'eed Abdul-Khabeer in the Drexel Learning Center at least once during the 2014 fall quarter
- Submit a Thank You Letter and Photograph each year of the program
- Complete a new FAFSA each year of the program by May 1st
- Maintain full-time registration for each term of your enrollment
- Uphold all student conduct guidelines as perscribed by the Office of Student Conduct
- Complete all End of Term Surveys on time
- Respond promptly to all communications sent by the director, your mentor or anyone else connected to the program
The Liberty Scholars program will have official program events as well as social and informative sessions throughout your career at Drexel. You are expected to attend all official events and encouraged to attend any social or informative event held.
The first event you will attend will be the Liberty Scholars Orientation which will be held before the start of the 2014 fall quarter. More information about this event will be sent to you over the summer. Attendance for this event is mandatory.
As Director of the Liberty Scholars Program, Nick Perez oversees all aspects of the program including monitoring the progress of all scholars, offering assistance, assigning mentors and overseeing the program's financial aid. His primary goal is to ensure that each Liberty Scholar is successful and has all the resources they need in order to graduate from Drexel. As such, he acts as the primary contact for all students in the program, beyond their mentors, for any questions or concerns.
Nick Perez started his career at Drexel in 2008 when he joined the Office of Financial Aid. He has been directly involved with the Liberty Scholars program since its inception in 2010.
You can contact Nick Perez directly with any questions you have at 215.895.6709 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.