Higher Education Advocate Travel Award (HEATA)

Drexel University’s Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Student Association offer a limited number of Higher Education Travel Awards to support students advocating for higher education. The objective of this award is to challenge and fund Drexel’s graduate students to return to their alma maters (high school & universities) to share the opportunities higher education has afforded them. Graduate students are especially desirable for this advocacy because high school and undergraduate students can easily relate to their experiences; the graduate students share a generational and educational connection with the younger group. Ideally, the advocate would give a talk (1) introducing themselves as an alumnus of the host institution, (2) sharing their story and why they chose graduate school, (3) introducing their discipline and research, (4) revealing future plans to apply their degree and (5) challenging the audience to consider graduate education and research.

It is desirable, but not necessary, that the host institution is an academic institution: high school, college, or university and the host institution is the applicant’s alma mater. The talk delivered to the host institution does not have to be the primary reason for travel.


Up to $300 in travel support and the purchase of business cards for the student. Award recipients will be recognized as Higher Education Advocates during Drexel’s annual Graduate Student Day in May. Students are only eligible for one award per fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th).

Requirements of the Award

All Drexel graduate students are eligible for the award. Recipients are required to submit (1) original travel receipts to Office of Graduate Studies for reimbursement, (2) one photograph and a recording of their presentation (audio or video) to be archived by the Office of Graduate Studies. Handheld video cameras are available for Award Recipients to rent from Office of Graduate Studies at no cost. Presentations may be in any language.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be returned within 4 weeks. To apply, send the following four components (combined in a single pdf file) to the ogsstaff@drexel.edu with the subject “Higher Education Advocate Travel Award.”

  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Support from Host School/Institution/Academy
  3. C.V.
  4. Support Documentation for Cost Estimates

HEATA Winners 2013-2014

Drew Cronin to Pt. Pleasant Beach High School, NJ
Greg Kaplan to SUNY Buffalo, NY
Samuel Laurencin, Commencement Keynote at G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science, Philadelphia, PA
Jessica Lin to Singapore American School, Singapore
Brian Malys to Wyoming Valley West High School, PA
Tenderano Muzorewa to Central Methodist University, MD
Christina Peters to Goshen College, IN