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Student Life Awards

Student Affairs and the Undergraduate Student Government Association collaborate to recognize and reward Drexel community members who have made significant contributions to student life at the University and in the surrounding community. Deserving students, faculty or professional staff are nominated for the the following awards during the winter term each year. Self-nominations are also accepted.

2015 Student Life Award applications will be open January 5 to March 1, 2015

Past Award Recipients

Student Life Award Recipients 2011 (PDF)

Student Life Award Recipients 2012 (PDF)

Student Life Award Recipients 2013 (PDF)

Student Life Award Recipients 2014 (PDF)

2015 Awards and Descriptions

Endowed/Donor Scholarship Awards

Alexander Van Rensselaer Service Award (scholarship award: amount up to $20,000)
This award is presented to a student of worthy character who demonstrates service to the student body of Drexel. This award may require the nominated students to submit letters of recommendation, references and/or participate in an interview process.

Anthony and Antoinette T. Caneris Award (scholarship award: amount up to $5,000)
This award is presented to junior or senior students enrolled in any Drexel college or school, with preference and consideration for those who demonstrate a high commitment to academics while being actively involved with on-campus activities at the University. Eligible students must also demonstrate financial need as necessary to complete their studies at Drexel. (Undergraduate only)

Charles E. Etting Award (scholarship award: amount up to $2,500)
This award is presented to students of worthy character and capacity who have excelled extensively in student activities.

Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Seniors (scholarship award: amount up to $4,000)
Presented to seniors in engineering who are proficient in studies undertaken and who have participated in extracurricular activities. (Undergraduate only)

Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Women Juniors (scholarship award: amount up to $4,000)
This award is presented to women in their junior year who are proficient in studies undertaken and who have participated in extracurricular activities. (Undergraduate only)

Marilyn A. Burshtin Memorial Award (scholarship award: amount up to $1,000)
This award is presented to a woman in the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated academic success and who has participated extensively in student activities. It is expected that the recipient demonstrate academic success with a GPA of 3.0 or above, but exceptions may be made if an individual has made exceptional contributions to student activities and/or campus life. Nominations are accepted for this award, but each nominee must also submit a self-nomination/application to be considered.

Erica Halpern Community Service Award (scholarship award: amount up to $2,500)
This award is presented to an undergraduate student who possesses the generous spirit of the award's namesake through active participation in community service initiatives. To be considered for this award, applicants must exhibit dedication to community service and sincere and genuine concern for the University City community and its residents. The recipient must be in good academic standing demonstrated by a minimum 3.0 grade point average. (Undergraduate only)

MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship (scholarship award: up to $2,500)
The MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship has been established to provide academic financial support for an undergraduate Drexel student demonstrating leadership and advocacy in the LGBTQ community at Drexel or the LGBTQ community at large. Award preference shall be given to students with financial need, but candidates' demonstrated leadership and advocacy in the LGBTQ community will be the primary consideration. (Undergraduate only)

Student Affairs - Departmental Awards

Dr. Jacquelyn West-Ford Award for Civility, Humanitarianism and Social Justice (scholarship award: up to $300)
This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jacquelyn West-Ford (January 23, 1960-September 6, 2007), Senior Associate Dean of Students, in recognition of a Drexel undergraduate student who demonstrates exceptional leadership in cultivating civility and humanitarian efforts on campus and in the community through dedicated membership and contributions to religious and spiritual life and/or social justice organizations. (Undergraduate only)

Dean's Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service for Graduating Seniors (scholarship award: up to $1,000)
Presented to a graduating senior for outstanding leadership and service to Drexel's campus life and the surrounding community, while maintaining academic excellence exhibited by a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. (Undergraduate only)

Ann H. Wilson Heinl Service for Commuter Students Award
This award is presented to any Drexel undergraduate or graduate student living off-campus who has made significant contributions to the quality of life for Drexel commuter or transfer students during the academic year. This student is dedicated to learning in and out of the classroom, and demonstrates creativity and determination in their work or co-curricular activities towards the goal of enhancing the commuter, graduate, and/or transfer student community. (Undergraduate or graduate)

Ian L. Alexander Outstanding Commuter Student Award
This award is presented to any Drexel undergraduate or graduate student living off-campus beyond his/her first year at Drexel who has made significant contributions to the Drexel and/or local community. This student exhibits a positive outlook on life and is enthusiastic about his/her work at Drexel and/or in the community. In addition to campus/community engagement, this student displays a strong commitment to academic achievement and is a proud member of the commuter and/or transfer student community at Drexel. (Undergraduate or graduate)

Chuck Vincent Servant Leader Award
This award is dedicated in honor of Chuck Vincent COE '57, founding member of the Drexel Veterans Alumni Network and supportive alumnus of the Office of Veteran Student Services and the Drexel Veterans Association. The award is given to a Drexel undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates exceptional leadership, participation, advocacy and commitment to cultivating a military-friendly campus. Theis recognition may be awarded to a student-veteran, military family member/dependent or nonmilitary-affiliated supporter. (Undergraduate or graduate)

New Student Organization of the Year
This award is presented to a recognized student organization that has been active for less than one year and whose achievements illustrate a dedication to the campus community and toward making a difference in the lives of Drexel students. (Any recognized undergraduate, graduate or joint student organization)

Outstanding Contribution to International Understanding Award
This award is presented to an international student who has contributed to the international student advocacy and inetrnational awareness on campus through participation in international programming, as well as, who has taken an active interest in the International Student and Scholars Services' programs and initiatives. (Undergraduate or graduate)

Outstanding Student Program Award
This award is presented to a student organization or student that sponsored a creative and well-publicized event that made an impact on Drexel's campus.

Rising Leader of the Year Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate student considered an emerging leader who has attended Drexel for less than two years, has exemplified a dedicated involvement and commitment to enhancing campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing demonstrated by a minimum 2.5 grade point average. (Undergraduate only)

Student Leader of the Year
This award is presented to an undergraduate student who has shown outstanding leadership and vision, and has exemplified a dedicated involvement and commitment to making a difference in the lives of Drexel students. The recipient must be in good academic standing demonstrated by a minimum 2.5 grade point average. (Undergraduate only)

Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award
This award is presented to a recognized student organization advisor who has served as an outstanding mentor impacting the growth and development of student leaders and members, and supported organizational activities and accomplishments. (Drexel faculty/professional staff member only)

Student Organization of the Year
This award is presented to a recognized student organization that has shown outstanding commitment to the organization goals, made an impact in the Drexel community, and has excelled in program planning, financial management, and leadership development of members. (Any recognized undergraduate, graduate or joint student organization)

Student Organization Outstanding Service Award
This award is presented to a recognized student organization that has made outstanding contributions through community service or social action to Drexel University and/or the surrounding Philadelphia community. (Any recognized undergraduate, graduate or joint student organization)

**Note: Monetary award amounts contingent on student available financial need**