The Center for Scholar Development partners with offices within the Pennoni Honors College and across the university to identify and support high-achieving students by offering a range of workshops, activities, and individual advising focused on scholarly and professional development; raising campus-wide awareness of available opportunities; and by directly helping students create successful applications through intensive individual advising and support.
Located within the Pennoni Honors College, Center for Scholar Development coordinates three programs: Pennoni Aspire, Aspire Scholars, and Drexel Fellowships.
Location and Hours
Center for Scholar Development
Disque Hall, Suite 109
32 S. 32nd Street
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM and by appointment
Center for Scholar Development Team
Dr. Meredith Wooten
Meredith Wooten holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Drexel, Meredith taught political science at a range of area institutions, including Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Center, she focused on PhD academic support programs and outreach efforts to students from non-traditional and underrepresented groups. As the founding director of the Center, Dr. Wooten oversees the Pennoni Aspire initiative and related efforts to support high-achieving undergraduates on the path to postgraduate success. She focuses on advising students applying for major fellowships and graduate programs, as well as promoting research and academic enrichment opportunities with students, faculty, and staff across the university.
Kelly Weissberger, MA
Kelly holds a Master's in English literature from the University of Virginia and Bachelor's degrees in English and history from the College of William and Mary. Kelly brings several years of experience with teaching and tutoring writing at the college level. She has previously worked in study abroad, community engagement, and fellowships advising at the Virginia Commonwealth University and West Chester University, and coordinated a long-running international service-learning program for the College of William and Mary. As a former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grantee and instructor in Bosnia, she is familiar with the benefits and challenges of international engagement and excited to help applicants explore international opportunities and navigate the application process. Kelly focuses on advising students applying for international and global affairs programs, as well as strengthening our partnerships with international and academic partners across campus.
Emily received her Bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Emily worked as a Managing Editor at academic publisher Taylor & Francis, where she managed a portfolio of bioscience titles. She brings a background in writing and editing to the team, and shares a commitment to guiding students through the fellowships process by helping them highlight their strengths, develop their goals, and determine how awards and opportunities can support them. Emily supports the full scope of activities within the Fellowships Office, as well as providing writing support to students applying for undergraduate and graduate STEM fellowships.
Martha holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and is currently in Drexel's arts administration graduate program. Before coming to Drexel, Martha held different positions in the Admissions office at the University of the Sciences, advising prospective students on academic programs and opportunities and helping them navigate the college application process. Martha brings experience and enthusiasm for communicating with students and departments throughout the university, as well as a strong interest in student advancement and achievement. As Program Coordinator for Scholar Development, Martha helps coordinate Pennoni Aspire programming for undergraduates and provides administrative and communications support to the Center, with an emphasis on student outreach and recognition.