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Scholarships for Prospective Freshmen

2015-2016 Academic Year

Information about different scholarship opportunities for prospective freshmen students is listed below.

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Merit Scholarship

A.J. Drexel Scholarship

The A.J. Drexel Scholarship is a merit award granted to incoming freshmen by the Admissions Committee based upon superior academic performance. The scholarships are renewable for future years of your undergraduate degree program for the terms you are registered for classes (not for terms of co-op), provided that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.

The amount of the scholarship is first applied to the cost of tuition; any leftover funding after tuition is paid will be applied toward general university fees and Drexel room and board charges.

To be considered for an A.J. Drexel Scholarship, a complete admission application must be on file by the admissions group you are applying for (Early Action 1, Early Action 2 and Regular Decision). Students are evaluated for the scholarship at the same time they are considered for admission.

Special Interest Scholarships

The amount of any Special Interest Scholarship offered, unless otherwise noted in the award description, is first applied to the cost of tuition; any leftover funding after tuition is paid will be applied toward general university fees and Drexel room and board charges.

For awards that require an application or materials be submitted by a student to Drexel, information and links to applications can be found in the Scholarship and Incentive Award Application Section.

A Better Chance Scholarship

Drexel's A Better Chance Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who have participated in the A Better Chance program. Recipients will receive $3,333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for Drexel's A Better Chance Scholarship, you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental A Better Chance Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

Champions of Caring Scholarship

Drexel's Champion of Caring Scholarship is available to one incoming freshman who has been an active participant in the Champions of Caring program. Recipients will receive $3,333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Champions of Caring Scholarship, you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Champions of Caring Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

Connelly Foundation (Neumann Scholars)

The Neumann Scholarship Award is available for incoming freshmen students who have participated in the Neumann Scholars program with the Connelly Foundation. Recipients will receive $1,666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Neumann Award, you must submit a complete admissions application and the Connelly Foundation supplemental application by January 13th.

Delaware Valley Science Fair Winners Scholarships

Drexel University offers incoming students both partial- and full-tuition scholarships for winning the Drexel sponsored Delaware Valley Science Fair. The scholarship is renewable each year that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Delaware Valley Science Fair Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by the January 13th deadline and have been a winner in the Delaware Valley Science Fair the summer before you enter Drexel.

Drexel Athletic Scholarships

Drexel University provides scholarships and financial aid for students participating in official university athletic programs. These awards can range from $1,000.00 to full tuition.

For more information about eligibility, please contact the Athletic Department.

Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship

The Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen with a significant record of community service, service learning or civic engagement. Recipients will receive $1,666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

Special consideration will be given to Congressional Service Award recipients, participants in Corporation for National and Community Service programs (e.g., Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps, or City Year), and applicants with distinguished high school service records.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Distinguished Service Scholarship, you must both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Distinguished Service Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

Drexel Liberty Scholars

The Drexel Liberty Scholars program provides 50 full-tuition and fees scholarships to low-income students who are residents of Philadelphia and attend Philadelphia high schools, including public, private, parochial, charter, and prep schools within the city limits. This program is only available to incoming freshmen.

Visit the Liberty Scholars website for more information.

Drexel Global Scholars Program 

The Drexel Global Scholars program is for incoming international freshmen with strong academic credentials as well as considerable accomplishments outside of the classroom, such as community service and extracurricular activities. The scholarships offered are for full-tuition and are renewable each year that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for the Drexel Global Scholars program, you must submit both a complete admissions application by the January 13th deadline and the supplemental Drexel Global Scholar Application by the February 24th deadline.

Drexel Performing Arts Scholarships

Students participating in a performing art at Drexel may be eligible for a tuition only award of up to $2,000.00.

For information about eligibility and how to apply, please contact the Performing Arts Department.

Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship

The Drexel University Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship is awarded annually in affiliation with the Eagles Fly for Leukemia Foundation to an incoming freshman who has survived cancer in his or her lifetime. The scholarship is for full-tuition and is renewable each year that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship, you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

Exodus to Excellence Scholarship

The Exodus to Excellence Scholarship is available to five incoming freshmen who have participated in the Exodus to Excellence summer program at Drexel. Recipients will receive $333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

First Robotics Scholarship

Drexel University offers eight scholarships to incoming freshmen students who have participated in the FIRST Robotics competition. Recipients will receive $2,666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the First Robotics Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application and First Robotics supplemental application by the January 13th deadline.

Freshman Frontiers Scholarship

The Freshman Frontiers Scholarship is for students accepted to the Freshman Frontiers: First Term in Dublin program. Recipients will receive $333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

All students accepted into the Freshman Frontiers program are automatically considered for the Freshman Frontiers Scholarship.

Intel Science Fair

Drexel University offers incoming students full-tuition scholarships to select winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The scholarship is renewable each year that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by January 13th and have been selected to receive this scholarship among the winners at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair the summer before you enter Drexel.

Joseph L. Carley Scholarship

The Joseph L. Carley Endowed Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen students who live in certain parts of New Jersey (Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties) and entering into a major within the College of Engineering, School of BioMedical Engineering, College of Computing and Informatics, or science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Business and Engineering major in the LeBow College of Business. The scholarship is for $8,000.00 annually and is renewable each year that you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for the Joseph L. Carley Endowed Scholarship you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Joseph L. Carley Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

Maguire Scholars Program

The Maguire Scholars program is for incoming freshmen students who are graduates from select Philadelphia Catholic High Schools who have demonstrated financial need and academic potential. Scholarship amounts can range between $1,666 and $3,333 an academic quarter. This award is renewable provided students maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and are active members of the Drexel community.

In order to be considered for the Maguire Scholarship you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Maguire Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline. Maguire Scholarships Applications should be submitted directly to Drexel Central.

National Merit Finalists Scholarship

Drexel's National Merit Finalists Scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen who have reached finalist standing with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The scholarship covers full-tuition and is renewable each year that you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for Drexel's National Merit Finalist Scholarship, you must submit a copy of your finalist notification letter to Freshman Admissions via enroll@drexel.edu by May 1st.

Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge Scholarship

The Drexel Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge Scholarship is available to two incoming freshmen students who have actively participated in the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge. Recipients will receive $833 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for Drexel's Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge Scholarship, you must submit both a complete admissions application and the supplemental Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge Scholarship Application by the January 13th deadline.

ROTC Scholarships

Students participating in the ROTC program may be eligible for scholarship and other types of funding from Drexel in addition to benefits provided by the Department of Defense.

For information about the ROTC program and financial aid, please contact the ROTC program.

Sister City Scholarship

In partnership with the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, Drexel University offers scholarships to select incoming freshmen students who reside in one of Philadelphia's sister cities or partnership cities at the time of application. Recipients will receive $2,666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

Cities include: Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Icheon, South Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Noovgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France; and the Abruzzo Region of Italy.

In order to be considered for the Sister City Scholarship, you must complete an admissions application by the January 13th deadline.

Society of Automotive Engineers Scholarship

Drexel University offers scholarships to incoming freshmen students interested in Mechanical Engineering. Recipients will receive $1,666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Society of Automotive Engineers Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application and the SAE supplemental application by the January 13th deadline.

Undergraduate Fellowship in Business Research

Drexel's Undergraduate Fellowship in Business Research is available to incoming freshmen who desire rigorous research immersion and have been admitted to a bachelor of science degree program in the LeBow College of Business. Recepients will receive $2,083 for each quarter they are enrolled in full-time classes. Other benefits include automatic membership in the Honors Program, selection as a STAR Scholar, and opportunities to engage in research beginning as soon as freshman year.

Awarding of these fellowships is highly competitive. Qualified candidates will be invited by email to apply for the fellowship by the Office of Admissions. To be considered, candidates must submit a brief essay.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship

Drexel University offers scholarships to incoming freshmen interested in participating in the co-op program at Drexel. Recipients will receive $2,000 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the WACE National Co-op Scholarship, you must submit the complete admissions application and the WACE supplemental application by the January 13th deadline.

Women in Natural Sciences (WINS)

Drexel University offers one, full-tuition scholarship to an incoming freshmen female student who is interested in studying within the sciences and has participated in the WINS Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The scholarship is renewable each year you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status in your undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for the Women in Natural Sciences Scholarship, you must submit the complete admissions application and the WINS supplemental application by the January 13th deadline.

Incentive Awards

Incentive awards are financial gifts from Drexel to students who meet certain criteria. They are non-need-based awards and do not need to be repaid.

The amount of any Incentive Award offered, unless otherwise noted in the award description, is first applied to the cost of tuition; any leftover funding after tuition is paid will be applied toward general university fees and Drexel room and board charges.

For awards that require an application or materials be submitted by a student to Drexel, information and links to applications can be found in the Scholarship and Incentive Award Application Section.

Dragon Alumni Scholarship

The Dragon Alumni Scholarship program allows graduates of Drexel University to provide recommendations for prospective Drexel students. Recipients will receive $333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for a Dragon Alumni Scholarship, you must be a prospective full-time freshmen or undergraduate transfer student who will be attending a face-to-face program, complete the Dragon Alumni Request Form and have a Drexel alum endorse you. You can continue to receive this award each year you are enrolled full-time in your undergraduate program.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award. 

Dragon Family Scholarship

The Dragon Family Scholarship is offered to two or more children from the same family who attend or graduated from Drexel University as undergraduates. Recipients will receive $1,000 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

Qualified students who enrolled prior to fall 2009 will receive a total of $466 that will be applied over their academic program at Drexel. The Dragon Family Scholarship will be prorated across the expected 12 quarters of in-class study (non-co-op) portion of their undergraduate education. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 terms and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for a Dragon Family Scholarship, you must be a prospective full-time freshmen or undergraduate transfer student who will be attending a face-to-face program and indicate on your admissions application that your sibling is currently or has previously attended and graduated from an undergraduate program at Drexel.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy Scholarship

The Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen students who have participated in the summer academy program. Recipients will receive $666 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by the January 13 deadline.

Learn more about the Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Drexel Legacy Scholarship

The Drexel Legacy Scholarship is offered to children and grandchildren of Drexel University alumni. Legacy scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program. Recipients will receive $1,000 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for a Dragon Legacy Scholarship, you must be a prospective full-time freshmen or undergraduate transfer student who will be attending a face-to-face program and indicate on your admissions application that your parent or grandparent is an alum of Drexel.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Drexel University Computing Academy Scholarship (DUCA)

The Drexel University Computing Academy Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen students who have participated in the summer academy program. Recipients will receive $1,000 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Drexel University Computing Academy Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by the January 13th deadline.

You can learn more about DUCA at the program's web page.

Returning Scholars Award (High School Scholars)

Drexel University offers Returning Scholars scholarships to incoming freshmen students who are participants in the High School Scholars program. Recipients will receive $333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Returning Scholars Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by the January 13th deadline.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Returning Scholars Award (Summer Institute Students)

Drexel University offers Returning Scholars scholarships to incoming freshmen students who are participants in Drexel's Summer Institute programs. Recipients will receive $333 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

In order to be considered for the Returning Scholars Scholarship, you must submit a complete admissions application by the January 13th deadline.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Travel Tuition Reduction Program

The Drexel Travel Reduction Program allows you to receive a one-time award applied to tuition only of up to $500.00, distributed on your first quarter of in-class study, as a reimbursement for certain travel expenses related to any official visit you made to Drexel University as a prospective freshman or undergraduate transfer student. For more information and to register for an upcoming event, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

In order to be considered for the Travel Reduction Award, you must have attended an event sponsored by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and live at least 150 miles away from our University City Campus and submit original, itemized receipts along with the Travel Tuition Reduction Program Form required for reimbursement consideration.

Eligible expenses include economy travel by train, plane, bus, and car (mileage at the current university reimbursement rate), and one standard hotel room for one night. Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the cost of meals, luxury accommodations, and expenses that do not include an original, itemized receipt.

Please note that students in the Nursing ACE and the Radiological Technology programs are not eligible for this award.

Scholarship and Incentive Award Applications

Below is information on the special scholarships and awards that require additional applications for consideration. The information in the chart contains timeframes for submission and links to online applications.

Academic Year  Application Timeframe Application Process
A Better Chance Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
Champions of Caring Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
Dragon Alumni Award  2015-2016

August 2014 - January 13, 2015.

Electronic Application and Alumni Recommendation Electronic Form
Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
Drexel Global Scholars 2015-2016  August 2014 - February 24th, 2014 Electronic Application and Essay
Drexel Liberty Scholars Program 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
Joseph L. Carley Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay
National Merit Finalist Scholarship 2015-2016  January 2015 - May 1, 2015 Submit copy of your letter of finalist standing with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to enroll@drexel.edu
Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge Scholarship 2015-2016  August 2014 - January 13, 2015 Electronic Application and Essay

Private Scholarships

Many scholarships and grants are offered by private sources, such as fraternal and religious organizations, labor unions, professional associations, social groups, and ethnic associations.

Because they are private and therefore not administered by Drexel, it is up to you to research and apply for them on your own. The best place to start your research is with any organization you or a family member has an affiliation with (such as your or your parents' employer, church or religious organization). If you're a current high school student, you should contact your guidance office for information on local scholarships.

Much of your research will involve using the internet. It is important to be careful when reviewing information online. Drexel recommends that you do not use any fee-based service to look for private scholarships. Below are several scholarship search engines that are free:

  1. CollegeBoard Scholarship Search
  2. FastWeb
  3. FinAid
  4. FindTuition

Scholly App

Created by Drexel University students, Scholly is a mobile app for Apple and Android mobile devices that gives students a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. Scholly removes the scholarship search process by using eight parameters such as grade, state, and GPA, to instantly match students with every scholarship they qualify for. The app is for high school students, current undergraduate, and graduate students.

Information about the application can be found at the Scholly website.

Report Your Private Funding

Any outside funding you receive must be taken into account when your eligibility is determined for need-based financial aid. If you have been offered funding from a source outside the university, you must submit copies of the notification letter to Drexel Central. Outside funding you are receiving may result in a change to your eligibility for the financial aid offered by Drexel.