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Alumni Impact Endowed Scholarship

HUNDREDS OF DRAGONS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO HELP CIVIC-MINDED STUDENTS, LIKE CONNOR, ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

Thanks to generous donations from alumni and members of the Drexel community, more than $440,000 has been raised to support the Alumni Impact Scholarship and this summer, a new recipient will be selected.

We caught up with Connor Pladeck-Morgado ’20, the scholarship’s first recipient, as he prepares to graduate this spring.

You’re graduating soon, what are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to move to San Jose, California and continue working towards becoming a commercial airline pilot while working for my family’s construction company. I hope to be a fulltime commercial airline pilot in the next two years. I also have plans to do some community outreach with organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

How do you plan to stay connected to the alumni community?

I have been thinking about staying active in the alumni community by becoming a member of the Alumni Board of Governors sometime in the future.

Do you have a favorite memory or experience as a Drexel student?

I think my most memorable time at Drexel was my freshman year and all the friends I made and all the fun we had together.

As you look back on your time as a student, how would you say Drexel best prepared you for what’s ahead in the ‘real world’?

Drexel best prepared me by encouraging me to follow my dreams and by giving me a fast-paced curriculum. I know that it’s helped me to be adaptable and hard working.


Through the Alumni Impact Endowed Scholarship fund, Drexel Alumni are making a direct impact on students’ futures. How?

  • By supporting the Alumni Impact Endowed Scholarship.
  • Together, alumni have already raised more than $440,000, and we can do even more.
  • With continued support, the Impact Scholarship will benefit Drexel students every year, in perpetuity.
  • Make your impact today. Every gift counts!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do endowed scholarships really matter?

Yes! More than you may realize. By giving to an endowed scholarship, you are not making a one-time gift — you're making a lasting investment.

Once it's fully funded, the Alumni Impact Endowed Scholarship will provide multiple scholarships for students, year after year, forever. This means that every gift — no matter what the size — will make a difference for generations of Drexel students, easing their financial burden and helping them graduate.

Who am I helping with my gift?

The Alumni Impact Scholarship will go to students who, though they face great need, still find time to help others.

Eligible students will:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Be civic-minded, going above and beyond to help their communities in a meaningful way