The Drexel Fellowships Office was created in 2007 to provide application and administrative support for Drexel students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities to enhance their undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate academic work. In 2016, our office expanded into the Center for Scholar Development, providing additional undergraduate scholarly enrichment workshops and resources.
The Center for Scholar Development continues to support students across the University in their applications for competitive, merit-based national and international fellowships. We raise campus-wide awareness of external opportunities and directly help students create strong applications through intensive individual advising and support.
Check out our resources for finding and applying for fellowships and learn more about how we work with students applying for our Core and Priority awards. Please explore our site and contact us with questions!
The Center for Scholar Development works with external scholarships and fellowships only. Check our Drexel Contacts and Awards for more information about opportunities sponsored by Drexel University.
The CSD Team
Leah H. Gates
Leah Gates comes to the Center for Scholar Development from School of International Service at American University, where she will soon complete her PhD. She served in AU's Office of Merit Awards as a graduate fellow, working primarily with undergraduates interested in public service, social justice, and life sciences. When not at CSD, she is enjoying getting to know Philadelphia, mostly via food--restaurant recommendations are welcome! She can also often be found at the park with her foster dogs, or maybe just enjoying the sun with a good book.
Kelly Weissberger, MA
Kelly holds a Master's in English literature from the University of Virginia and Bachelor's degrees in English and history from the College of William and Mary. Kelly brings several years of experience with teaching and tutoring writing at the college level. She has previously worked in study abroad, community engagement, and fellowships advising at the Virginia Commonwealth University and West Chester University, and coordinated a long-running international service-learning program for the College of William and Mary. As a former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grantee and instructor in Bosnia, she is familiar with the benefits and challenges of international engagement and excited to help applicants explore international opportunities and navigate the application process.
Emily received her Bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Center for Scholar Development fellowships team, Emily worked as a Managing Editor at academic publisher Taylor & Francis, where she managed a portfolio of bioscience titles. She brings a background in writing and editing to the team, and shares a commitment to guiding students through the fellowships process by helping them highlight their strengths, develop their goals, and determine how awards and opportunities can support them. Emily supports the full scope of activities within the Fellowships Office, as well as providing writing support to students applying for undergraduate and graduate STEM fellowships.
Martha holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and is currently in Drexel's arts administration graduate program. Before coming to Drexel, Martha held different positions in the Admissions office at the University of the Sciences, advising prospective students on academic programs and opportunities and helping them navigate the college application process. Martha brings experience and enthusiasm for communicating with students and departments throughout the university, as well as a strong interest in student advancement and achievement. As Program Coordinator for Scholar Development, Martha helps coordinate Pennoni Aspire programming for undergraduates and provides administrative and communications support to the Center, with an emphasis on student outreach and recognition.