Is a fellowship the same as financial aid?
While fellowships often include monetary awards, most are based on outstanding merit rather than need (though some look for a combination of the two). We suggest you work with Drexel Central for help with loans and other need-based aid.
That said, to the extent that your financial need is an obstacle that you have been effectively managing thus far, it can help strengthen a fellowships application if you share your experiences in an honest and well-told narrative.
How competitive are these awards?
While competition varies by program, these programs aim to find the brightest and most engaged students in a particular field or area of interest. They are, almost by definition, the most competitive student awards out there.
That said, consider whether you might be one of these outstanding students. Plenty of Drexel students have won these awards in recent years, and you might be next. The only way to be sure that you won’t get an award is to not apply for it.
What makes someone a strong candidate for one of these awards?
While different awards focus on different interests and have somewhat different criteria, fellowships are awarded to committed, driven students who are able to articulate a strong vision of who they are, where they want to go, and how the award will help them get there. The application process is often intense, requiring time, reflection, and revision. Read more about becoming a stronger candidate.
See Application Process FAQ.