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Drexel Liberty Scholars Program

The Drexel Liberty Scholars program was established to continue Drexel University's over 120-year tradition of providing quality education to Philadelphians without restrictions on religion, race, gender, or social class and to reaffirm our commitment to engaging with the communities that make up our city.

Through the Liberty Scholars program, Drexel provides 50 recent Philadelphia high school graduates with a renewable scholarship award that covers 100 percent of tuition and fees. Additionally, the program fosters student success through a dedicated faculty or staff mentor, a learning community in which all scholars live during their freshman year, extracurricular and developmental programming, and active engagement with campus life.

Please note: The Liberty Scholars Scholarship in combination with other financial aid, cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, reside in the Philadelphia city limits, and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (Drexel uses the CSS PROFILE to determine the financial eligibility of applicants). City residents who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The scholarship is open to all freshman applicants in all majors as long as it is an on-campus, full-time, undergraduate program.

Application Process

In order to apply to the Liberty Scholars program, you must complete the following:

  • Submit an admission application, including all supplemental materials (i.e., high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores) by the deadline of the admission plan you have chosen.
  • Complete the the Drexel Liberty Scholars application and essay online via Discover Drexel.
    • The 500 word essay required for the Liberty Scholars application is based on answering the following question: When Anthony J. Drexel founded the University in 1891, he had a vision to create a different type of school where students could prepare to be innovators for a better future. What is one issue in Philadelphia that you hope to improve in the future? How would an education at Drexel help you to prepare to tackle this?
  • Complete the 2018–2019 CSS PROFILE by the deadline for the admission plan you have chosen.
  • Submit the 2018–2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 — the FAFSA is highly recommended, but not required, for students applying to the Liberty Scholars program.

Deadlines


Admission
Application
Liberty Scholars
Application and Essay
CSS PROFILE Noncustodial
Parent PROFILE
(if required)
FAFSA 
Early Decision Applicants November 1 November 15 November 15 November 17  February 15
Early Action Applicants November 1 February 1 November 15 November 17 February 15
Regular Decision Applicants January 15 February 1 February 15 February 17  February 15 

Renewal Requirements

As a Liberty Scholar, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to remain in the program:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (reviewed at the end of your enrollment each academic year)
  • Contact your mentor at least once per term
  • Participate in at least one Drexel organization or activity of your choice
  • Complete a yearly community service commitment with Lindy Center-sponsored service
  • Participate in official Liberty Scholars events
  • Submit a Thank-You Letter and Photograph each year of the program
  • Maintain full-time registration for each term of your enrollment
  • Uphold all student conduct guidelines as prescribed by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Complete all End of Term Surveys on time

Contact Information

Liberty Scholar applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by either calling 215.895.2400 or emailing lbtysch@drexel.edu.