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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 2.75 cumulative GPA each academic year. 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 freshman and transfer students by the Admissions Committee based upon superior academic performance. Decisions regarding eligibility are made by the Admissions Committee.

Westphal Portfolio Scholarship

The Westphal Portfolio Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students based on outstanding creative work in the art portfolio they submitted for review with their admissions application.

Eligibility Freshman and transfer applicants; 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 (not during quarters on co-op), provided they maintain a 2.75 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 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 $1,000.00 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 freshman 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 freshman housing requirements.
Renewable Requirements Full-time enrollment; award will only be applied during class terms and for a maximum of 12 academic quarters.
Application 

To be considered for the Drexel Global Scholar program, you must submit a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline and the supplemental Global Scholarship application, including essay and CV/résumé, found in Discover Drexel by November 15 (Early Decision applicants) or February 1 (Early Action and Regular Decision applicants).

After your admission application has been processed, you will receive an email that will give you access to Discover Drexel. If you are eligible to apply for this scholarship, you will then be able to access the supplemental form by selecting the Enrichment & Scholarship Opportunities tab on Discover Drexel.

Please submit an 850- to 1,000-word essay to answer the following questions:

  • What makes you an outstanding global leader?
  • Upon completion of your degree and when you return to your country, in what ways will you give back to your community?

Drexel Legacy Scholarship

The Drexel Legacy Scholarship is offered to children and grandchildren of Drexel University alumni.

Eligibility Freshman and full-time on-campus transfer applicants (ACE applicants are ineligible); domestic and international applicants  
Award Amount $1,000 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 the deadline for the admission program an applicant has applied to. Applicants must have indicated on their admission application that a parent or grandparent is an alum of Drexel.

Drexel Liberty Scholars

The Drexel Liberty Scholars program provides 50 full-tuition and -fees scholarships to low-income students who are residents of Philadelphia. This program is only available to incoming freshmen.

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 $2,000.00. 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.

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; 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 Scholarships

Students participating in the ROTC program may be eligible for scholarships and other types of funding from Drexel in addition to benefits provided by the Department of Defense.

For information about the ROTC program and financial aid, please contact the ROTC program.

Tuition Exchange Program

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

Eligibility Freshmen applicants whose parent is affiliated with a TEP partnering college or university.
Award Amount $36,000 for 2018-2019 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 a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline and Tuition Exchange application via their eligible parent's Human Resources department by the following deadlines:

  • Early Decision Applicants - November 15
  • Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants - February 1

Please note that the Tuition Exchange scholarship cannot be combined with any other financial aid awards from Drexel. 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

A Better Chance Scholarship

Drexel's A Better Chance Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who have participated in the A Better Chance program. 

Eligibility Freshman applicants
Award Amount $3,333 per academic quarter
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 minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's A Better Chance Scholarship, applicants must have participated in the A Better Chance Program, as well as submit a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline, and the supplemental A Better Chance Scholarship 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 Opportunities tab.

Essay Topic: Please describe your involvement in A Better Chance and how you plan to incorporate your experiences as an undergraduate student at Drexel.

Delaware Valley Science Fair Winners Scholarships

Drexel University offers incoming students both partial- and full-tuition scholarships for winning the Drexel-sponsored Delaware Valley Science Fair. 

Eligibility Freshman applicants
Award Amount Both partial and full-tuition scholarships awarded based on science fair placement.
Renewable Requirements The scholarships are 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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Delaware Valley Science Fair Winners Scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application and have been a Drexel-selected winner of the Delaware Valley Science Fair the summer before they plan to enter Drexel.

Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship

The Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen with a significant record of community service, service learning, or civic engagement. 

Eligibility Freshman applicants
Award Amount $1,666 per academic quarter
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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Distinguished Service Scholarship, students must submit a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline and the Drexel Distinguished Service 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 Opportunities tab.

- Special consideration will be given to Congressional Service Award recipients, participants in Corporation for National and Community Service programs (e.g., Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps, or City Year), and applicants with distinguished high school service records.

Essay Topic: Please describe your record of community service and how you plan to incorporate service learning as part of your undergraduate experience at Drexel. Please limit your response to approximately 500 words.

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 freshman who is a childhood survivor of cancer. 

Eligibility Freshman 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 2.75 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 Opportunities tab.

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

Intel Science and Engineering Fair

Drexel University offers incoming students full-tuition scholarships to select winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 

Eligibility Freshman 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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

In order to be considered for Drexel's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application by January 15 and have been selected to receive this scholarship among the winners at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair the summer before they plan to enter Drexel.

Maguire Scholars College Program

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

Eligibility Freshman applicants who are Maguire Scholars.
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 Opportunities tab. 

Sister City Scholarship

In partnership with the Citizen Diplomacy International Philadelphia organization, Drexel University offers scholarships to select incoming freshman students who reside in one of Philadelphia's sister cities or partnership cities.

Eligibility International freshman applicants from one of the following sister cities: Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; ToruĊ„, Poland; Tianjin, China; Icheon, South Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France; the Abruzzo Region of Italy; and Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Award Amount $2,666 per academic quarter
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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Sister City Scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application by January 15 and live in in one of the eligible sister cities.

Undergraduate Fellowship in Business Research

Drexel's Undergraduate Fellowship in Business Research is available to incoming freshmen who desire rigorous research immersion and have been admitted to a bachelor of science degree program in the LeBow College of Business. $2,083 per academic quarter 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 full-time status. Other benefits include automatic membership in the Honors Program, selection as a STAR Scholar, and opportunities to engage in research beginning as soon as freshman year.

Qualified candidates will be invited by email to apply.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship

Drexel University offers scholarships to incoming freshmen interested in participating in the co-op program at Drexel. 

Eligibility Freshman applicants 
Award Amount $2,000 per academic quarter
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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's WACE National Co-op Scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application by the appropriate deadline and the WACE supplemental application by November 15 (Early Decision applicants) or February 1 (Early Action and Regular Decision applicants).

Women in Natural Sciences (WINS)

Drexel University offers one full-tuition scholarship to an incoming freshman woman student who is interested in studying in a science major and has participated in the WINS program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. 

Eligibility Freshman women applicants 
Award Amount Full-tuition 
Renewable Requirements The scholarship is renewable for future years of the 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 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Application 

To be considered for Drexel's Women in Natural Sciences Scholarship, applicants must submit a complete admission application by January 15. 

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. Drexel recommends that students do not use any fee-based service to look for private scholarships. Below are several scholarship search engines that are free:

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.

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.