You Can Take the Student Out of Drexel…
Drexel goes to great lengths to ensure its graduates are well prepared for a career, continuing research, or graduate school. No matter where our grads end up, they’ll always be able to look back and thank Drexel for setting them on the right path. And sometimes, an alumnus is able to give something back to the university, as well.
Kevin Knehr, one of Drexel’s great success stories, recently returned to Drexel for a panel organized by our Fellowships Office. As winner of the Goldwater, NSF, and NDSE Scholarships as an undergraduate, Kevin has plenty of experience with the Fellowships Office. He joined a panel to talk to current undergraduates about applying for scholarships and fellowships, and to offer advice.
“Unfortunately, while I was a Drexel student, I could not accept both the NSF and NDSE,” says Kevin of the Natural Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering fellowship respectively. Because it guaranteed four years of funding, he chose the NSF, which is now helping to support him in graduate school at Columbia University.
Kevin, who was also a HESS Scholar at Drexel, feels that his research in engineering here helped to prepare him for anything coming next. “My research here was very difficult, so I feel prepared for Columbia,” says Kevin
He also found the Fellowships Office to be one of the most beneficial aspects of his education here. “The Fellowships Office is great. They helped me to meet deadlines and edit my work,” says Kevin. “They even put together a faculty panel to review my application for the Goldwater Scholarship.”
Kevin said he would urge all Drexel students to utilize the Fellowships Office, because his time there would have been beneficial even if he had not won any scholarships or fellowships. “At the panel I told students you don’t write an application to win an award,” says Kevin. “You write the application to focus on what you’d like to do with your future. Your application should always show you have the big picture in mind.”