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Drexel Liberty Scholars Program

For over a decade, the Drexel Liberty Scholars program has helped to break down the barriers to higher education for Philadelphia-based students. Starting with the 2021-2022 academic year, the opportunity was expanded to eligible students across the U.S. and is strengthening its impact by focusing on recruiting students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice.

Now through the Liberty Scholars program, Drexel provides 65 recent high school graduates from across the nation with a renewable scholarship award that covers 100 percent of tuition and fees. Additionally, the program fosters student success and holistic support through a dedicated faculty or professional staff mentor, a Living Learning Community in which all scholars live during their first two years, co-curricular programming, extracurricular and developmental programming, and active engagement with campus life. Looking ahead, we are striving to strengthen our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice by cultivating the thought leaders and social justice advocates of tomorrow through the program's expanded eligibility criteria.

Please note: The Liberty Scholars Scholarship, in combination with other financial aid, cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance.

Join our Community

Check out the Liberty Scholars program brochure and learn more about what the program offers as well as how to apply and become a part of this diverse community dedicated to social justice.

Download Liberty Scholars Program Brochure [PDF]

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying for general admission to Drexel University as first-year students and have demonstrated financial need (Drexel uses the CSS Profile to determine the financial eligibility of applicants). Applicants who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Current Drexel students are not eligible to apply.

The scholarship is open to all new first-year applicants in all majors as long as it is an on-campus, full-time, undergraduate program.

Application Process

In order to apply to the Liberty 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.
  • Complete the Drexel Liberty 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 500-word essay required for the Liberty Scholars application is based on answering the following question — The late honorable John Lewis was an American statesman and a civil rights leader who devoted his life to racial justice and equality. In June of 2018, he sent this tweet: "Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." What social justice issue do you want to "make some noise" about and are willing to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble" for, and why? What steps would you take to solve this issue?
  • Complete the 2024–2025 CSS Profile by the deadlines listed below.
  • Submit the 2024–2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadlines listed below.


Liberty Scholars
Application and Essay
CSS Profile FAFSA 
Early Decision Applicants November 1 November 15 November 15 February 1 Preferred, February 15 Final
Early Action Applicants November 1 February 1 November 15 February 1 Preferred, February 15 Final
Regular Decision Applicants January 15 February 1 February 1 Preferred, February 15 Final  February 1 Preferred, February 15 Final 

Interview Dates

Final candidates will be invited to participate in an interview. Details about the interview will be emailed to candidates. We understand that interviews take place during the school day. All interviews take place during pre-assigned times during business hours.

Virtual interviews will take place on Wednesday, February 21 - Thursday, February 22.

Renewal Requirements

As a Liberty Scholar, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to remain in the program:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, community service, and social justice
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (reviewed at the end of your enrollment each academic year)
  • Contact your mentor at least once per term
  • Participate in at least one Drexel organization or activity of your choice
  • Complete a yearly community service commitment with Lindy Center-sponsored service
  • Participate in official Liberty Scholars events
  • Maintain full-time registration for each term of your enrollment
  • Uphold all conduct guidelines as prescribed by Student Conduct
  • Complete all End of Term Surveys on time

Contact Information

Liberty Scholar applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by either calling 215.895.2400 or emailing