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Undergraduate Scholarships

Drexel offers undergraduate scholarships based on both merit and for students with various associations. Most scholarships are awarded when students begin full-time enrollment as a Drexel student. They are applied to all class terms as long as they maintain full-time status and continue to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA each academic year (unless otherwise noted). Scholarships are not available during terms of co-op.

Please Note: A student's total financial aid package cannot exceed the University's cost of attendance. Awards that make-up a financial aid package include grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, and scholarships from private organizations. Drexel reserves the right to adjust financial aid awards and packages at any time to ensure compliance with all institutional, state, and federal regulations.

Merit Scholarships

Drexel Merit Scholarship

Drexel offers several different institutional merit scholarships to incoming first-year and transfer students by the Admissions Committee based upon superior academic performance. Decisions regarding eligibility are made by the Admissions Committee.

Eligibility First-year and transfer applicants (students seeking a second bachelor's degree, as well as those who have earned a graduate/professional degree prior to their start at Drexel are ineligible); domestic and international applicants. 
Award Amount Varies; amount determined based on review of student's credentials by Admissions Committee.
Renewable Requirements Renewable for future years of a student's undergraduate degree program during quarters they are registered for classes (a total of 12 academic class terms; the scholarship is not available during co-op), provided that they maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application  To be considered for an institutional merit scholarship, a complete admissions application must be submitted by the listed deadline. Students are evaluated for the scholarship at the same time they are considered for admission.

Westphal Portfolio Scholarship

The Westphal Portfolio Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year and transfer students based on outstanding creative work in the art portfolio they submitted for review with their admissions application. Any student that indicates a Westphal program as a second option on their application should submit a portfolio as well.

Eligibility First-year and transfer applicants (students seeking a second bachelor's degree, as well as those who have earned a graduate/professional degree prior to their start at Drexel are ineligible); domestic and international applicants. 
Award Amount Varies.
Renewable Requirements Renewable for future years of a student's undergraduate degree program during quarters they are registered full-time for classes (a total of 12 academic class terms; the scholarship is not available during co-op), provided they maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA; additionally, students must remain within a major in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to retain the scholarship for future years.
Application Applicants to the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design who submit a portfolio are automatically considered for this scholarship during the review of their application.

Participation and Association Scholarships

Drexel Athletic Scholarships

Drexel University provides scholarships for students participating in official University athletic programs. These awards can range from $1,000 to full tuition.

For more information about eligibility, please contact the Athletic Department.

Drexel Global Scholar Program

The Drexel Global Scholar program recognizes a select number of incoming international students with exceptional academic achievement and outstanding commitment to global leadership and international community building. The program encourages the active involvement of participants in valuable, peer-based mentorship and leadership development opportunities as well as team-building activities and community service.

Eligibility International first-year fall start applicants that have demonstrated financial need (Drexel uses the CSS Profile to determine the financial eligibility of applicants).
Award Amount Full-tuition scholarship; the scholarship is not applicable to room and board or annual fees. Drexel Global Scholars are expected to comply fully with the first-year housing requirements.
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters.
Application 

In order to apply to the Drexel Global Scholars program, you must complete the following:

  • Submit an admission application, including all supplemental materials (i.e., high school transcripts, letters of recommendation) by the deadline of the admission plan you have chosen listed below.
  • Complete the 2024–2025 CSS Profile by the deadlines listed below.
  • Complete the Drexel Global Scholars application and essay online via the Enrichment & Scholarship Applications tab  in Discover Drexel. Note: All applications and emails must be submitted via Discover Drexel. Essays sent via email will not be accepted.

The following items are required as a part of the application:

  • CV/Résumé
  • One document answering the following prompts below. Your response to each prompt should not exceed 750 words.

Please submit one document, answering the prompts below. Your response to each prompt should not exceed 750 words.

Required question of all applicants:

  • Upon completion of your degree and when you return to your country, in what ways will you give back to your community?

Choose one additional question and respond:

  • What has been your most valuable learning experience in life, however large or small? How did it change the way you view the world and react to it?
  • Describe an experience when you relied on your interests, skills, and talents to improve your community. Explain how this changed your way of thinking and/or deepened your level of participation in your community.
  • What was the most challenging decision you have made? Explain the context, decision making process, and result of your choice. Offer a reflection on this experience.
Deadlines

Early Decision Applicants

Admissions Application: November 1

Global Scholars Application and Essays: November 15

CSS Profile: November 15

Early Action Applicants

Admissions Application: November 1

Global Scholars Application and Essays: February 1

CSS Profile: November 15

Regular Decision Applicants

Admissions Application: January 15

Global Scholars Application and Essays: February 1

CSS Profile: February 1 (Preferred), February 15 (Final)

Drexel Liberty Scholars

The Liberty Scholars program provides 65 recent high school graduates from across the nation with a renewable scholarship award that covers 100 percent of tuition and fees.

Visit the Liberty Scholars website for more information.

Drexel Performing Arts Scholarships

Students participating in a performing art at Drexel may be eligible for a tuition-only award of up to $2,000. In order to receive this award, students must audition for a Drexel ensemble. This award is typically awarded after students confirm their enrollment at Drexel.

For information about eligibility and how to apply, please contact the Performing Arts Department.

Drexel Promise Scholarship

The Drexel Promise provides students who have earned an associate degree at an accredited community college in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey with a renewable scholarship for 50% of the cost of tuition as they work to complete their bachelor's degree as a Drexel Dragon.

Eligibility Transfer applicants applying to a full-time, on-campus program who have earned an associate's degree from an accredited Community College in either New Jersey or Pennsylvania. 
Award Amount 50% tuition scholarship; the scholarship cannot be combined with any other Drexel need-based grant or merit scholarship (with the exception of the Phi Theta Kappa and Westphal Portfolio scholarships).
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters.
Application 

A complete admission application on file by the deadline for the admission program an applicant has applied to. Applicants should indicate on their application that they have earned, or will earn, an associate's degree from a eligible Community College before starting their program at Drexel.

Materials Summer Institute Scholarship

The Materials Summer Institute Scholarship is offered to full-time, fall start materials science and engineering students who participated in the Materials Science & Engineering Summer Institute.

Eligibility First-year fall start applicants.
Award Amount $250 per academic quarter.
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and applies only to tuition.
Application  A complete admission application on file by admission deadline. Applicants must have indicated that they participated in the Materials Summer Institute.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship

The PTK Scholarship is offered to full-time transfer students who are active members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Eligibility Full-time, on-campus transfer applicants (students seeking a second bachelor's degree, as well as those who have earned a graduate/professional degree prior to their start at Drexel are ineligible); domestic and international applicants.
Award Amount $500 per academic quarter.
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters. This award applies only to tuition.
Application A complete admission application on file by admission deadline. Applicants must have indicated that they are an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

ROTC (Army and Navy)

Army ROTC (hosted at Drexel) offers tuition and fees scholarship opportunities to Cadets. Learn more about the Army ROTC at Drexel.

Navy ROTC (hosted at University of Pennsylvania, but available to Drexel students) offers a 50% tuition scholarship. Learn more about the Navy ROTC at Drexel.

Eligibility Army ROTC Cadets enrolled at Drexel and Navy ROTC students enrolled at Drexel accordingly.
Award Amount

Army ROTC offers a full-tuition scholarship that also covers fees during terms students are enrolled in classes, but not during terms of co-op. Monthly and book stipends also available.

Navy ROTC offers a 50% tuition scholarship that cannot be combined with any other need-based grant or merit scholarship (with the exception of the Phi Theta Kappa and Westphal Portfolio scholarships).

Renewable Requirements

Army ROTC scholarships are available for 2, 3, and 4 years; there is some flexibility for students enrolled in 5 year, 3 co-op curriculum. Amounts of scholarship and stipend may vary year-to-year. Review further information at Task Force Dragon Army ROTC page.

Navy ROTC cholarships are available for 2, 3, and 4 years. Amounts of scholarship and stipend may vary year-to-year. Review further information at NROTC Program Information page.

Application 

Review information about applying for Army ROTC scholarship funding at the Task Force Dragon Army ROTC page.

Review information about applying for Navy ROTC scholarship funding at the NROTC Program Information page.

Tuition Exchange Program

The Tuition Exchange Program (TEP) partners Drexel with other colleges and universities to offer scholarships. A parent or guardian of a prospective Drexel student can apply for the scholarship through their Human Resources representative at a partnering college or university.

Eligibility First-year fall start applicants whose parent is affiliated with a TEP partnering college or university.
Award Amount $42,000 for 2024-2025 academic year.
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters. This award applies only to tuition.
Application

To be considered for Tuition Exchange, students must submit their complete admissions application by the appropriate deadline and Tuition Exchange application via their eligible parent or gaurdian's Human Resources department by the following deadlines:

  • Early Decision Applicants – November 15
  • Priority Deadline for Early Action Applicants – November 15
  • All Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants – February 1

Students that receive the funding may still be eligible for federal and state aid.

View more information about Tuition Exchange at the program's website.

Special Interest Scholarships

Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship

The Drexel University Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship is awarded annually in affiliation with the Eagles Fly for Leukemia Foundation to an incoming first-year student who is a survivor of childhood cancer.

Eligibility First-year fall start applicants. 
Award Amount Full-tuition.
Renewable Requirements The scholarship is renewable for future years of a student's undergraduate degree program for the terms they are registered for classes (a total of 12 academic class terms; the scholarship is not available during terms of co-op), provided that they maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Eagles Fly for Leukemia Scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline and the Eagles Fly for Leukemia supplemental application by November 15 (Early Decision applicants) or February 1 (Early Action and Regular Decision applicants). The supplemental application can be found in Discover Drexel by selecting the Enrichment & Scholarship Applications tab.

Essay Topic: Please write a personal statement documenting the timing of your illness, its treatment, and how it has affected you.

Maguire Scholars College Program

Drexel University and the Maguire Foundation offer scholarships to incoming first-year students who have been active participants in high schools partnering with the Maguire Foundation.

Eligibility First-year fall start applicants who attend Maguire High Schools.
Award Amount Varies.
Renewable Requirements The scholarship is renewable for future years of a student's undergraduate degree program for the terms they are registered for classes (a total of 12 academic class terms; the scholarship is not available during terms of co-op), provided that they maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, full-time status, participate in either extracurricular or community service at Drexel, and participate in Maguire Scholar events.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Maguire Scholarship Program, applicants must submit a complete admission application by their admission plan deadline, as well as the Maguire Scholars supplemental application by November 15 (Early Decision applicants) or February 1 (Early Action and Regular Decision applicants). The supplemental application can be found in Discover Drexel by selecting the Enrichment & Scholarship Applications tab.

Private Scholarships

About Private Scholarships

Many scholarships and grants are offered by private sources, such as fraternal and religious organizations, labor unions, professional associations, social groups, and ethnic associations.

Because they are private and therefore not administered by Drexel, it is up to students to research and apply for them on their own. The best place to start researching is with any organization that the students or a family member has an affiliation with (such as a students or parents' employer, church, or religious organization). Current high school students should contact their guidance office for information on local scholarships.

Much of the research will involve using the Internet. It is important to be careful when reviewing information online. Below are several scholarship search engines that are free:

The above list of scholarship resources is not exhaustive; there may be additional scholarships available outside of this list for which students or prospective students may be eligible. Students and prospective students are invited to contact the Drexel Central for suggested search terms and ways to search the Internet /other resources to locate additional opportunities.

Scholly App

Created by Drexel University students, Scholly is a mobile app for Apple and Android mobile devices that gives students a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. Scholly streamlines the scholarship search process by using eight parameters such as grade, state, and GPA to instantly match students with scholarships they may qualify for. The app can be downloaded online for a small fee.

Information about the application can be found on the Scholly website.

Please note: If a student or prospective student locates a scholarship that is not listed on the University's website on their own through the suggested search terms provided by Drexel Central, such an act does not suggest that the University is providing approval/endorsement of such scholarships.

Reporting Private Funding

Any outside funding received must be taken into account when eligibility is determined for need-based financial aid. If offered funding from a source outside the University, students must submit copies of the notification letter to Drexel Central. Outside funding may result in a change to the student's eligibility for the overall student aid package. The Office of Financial Aid will ensure that receipt of any outside scholarship does not result in the student receiving aid from all sources that exceeds their cost of attendance.