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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Grants Program for Students

Drexel University College of Medicine students attending the 2017 Benefactor Jazz Brunch

The Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association evaluates grant applications and provides financial support for programs, services or professional development that will enhance interaction between our students and alumni, improve the student experience, and/or promote tradition, academic excellence or awareness of the Alumni Association.

Disbursement of Funds

Please be aware that the method of disbursement of funds awarded for any type of grant will differ depending on a student's financial aid and student loan status. If you have questions about how you will receive funds if your application is accepted, please contact

Types of Funding

Two types of grants are available: Professional Development (POD) Grants and Programs and Services (PASS) Grants. POD funding is available for individuals who attend a conference, symposium or other professional development event. PASS funding is for recognized student groups who wish to host an event.

Funding Tiers

Within each funding type, there are two tiers of support.

Professional Development (POD) Tiers

Tier 1

  • Conference attendance
  • Up to $100
  • Only the first five Tier 1 applications will be considered per cycle

Tier 2

  • Conference participation
  • Up to $500
  • In order to receive Tier 2 funding, applicant is required to be presenting at a conference, and will be asked to provide a report to the Board

Tiers 1 and 2 apply to individuals and should directly enhance the individual grantee’s medical and scientific education and/or professional development.

An individual may make one Tier 1 grant request per academic year for attendance at a recognized medical or scientific conference or a national medical society meeting. A Tier 1 grant is intended to cover the conference registration fee, up to $100. The Board may ask funded Tier 1 grantees for a brief written report about the conference attended. Tier 1 funding cannot be applied to purchase of food or beverages.

An individual may apply for up to two Tier 2 grants per academic year for presenting at two different medical or scientific conferences. First-time applicants are prioritized ahead of repeat applicants. Whereas Tier 1 funding is appropriate for an individual simply attending a conference, Tier 2 funding is applicable when an applicant will be presenting at the conference (included in the program schedule). The Board may invite funded Tier 2 grantees to give an oral presentation at a Board meeting and/or may request that the grantee share their conference abstract, poster or presentation with the Board.

The Alumni Association’s support must be acknowledged in printed materials (e.g., posters),  presentation slides, and in oral communications for those presenting at a conference/meeting (provided that the notice of funding precedes the date of the conference presentation). Like Tier 1, Tier 2 funding cannot be applied to purchases of food or beverages.

Programs and Services (PASS) Tiers

Tier 3

  • Up to $1,000
  • Proposed event serves 50-100 people
  • Hosted/delivered by a recognized student organization or program

Tier 4

  • Up to $2,000
  • Proposed event serves more than 100 people
  • Hosted/delivered by a recognized student organization or program

Tier 3 and Tier 4 funding supports programs and services hosted and/or delivered by recognized Drexel student organizations or student programs. Tier 3 and 4 grants aim to enhance educational, professional, cultural and social components of student life at the College of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. Funding of programs that include and promote the active participation of alumni is particularly appropriate, as are those that reflect the College’s mission statement to excel and innovate “in education, research, and delivery of compassionate care in our culture of diversity, spirited inquiry, collaboration and opportunity.”

A recognized student organization or program may apply for one Tier 3 or one Tier 4 grant per academic year. A program that has been funded for successive years and that has consequently become well-established does not qualify for “automatic” renewal of Tier 3 or Tier 4 funding. A new application must be prepared and submitted each time a grant is requested. Grant applications from organizations and programs that have not previously received Alumni Association support are particularly encouraged.

An explanatory budget should be submitted as part of a Tier 3 or Tier 4 grant application to justify the amount requested. In addition, a written “Grants Program Final Project Report” should be submitted to the Alumni Association within a month of the funded Tier 3 or Tier 4 program or event’s taking place. The Alumni Association’s support must be acknowledged at the event and in all written materials in print and online (provided that the notice of funding precedes the date the program takes place).

How to Apply

Please note: Students on EDGE years or independent study are not eligible to apply for an Alumni Association Grant.

The Finance Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors reviews all applications. To submit a grant application, please complete the following:

  • Funding Request Form:
  • Letter of Support: Applicant should have a faculty or staff sponsor, and request a letter of support be submitted on their behalf to or include the signed letter with their grant form. Faculty members applying for a grant that benefits students may submit a letter of support on their own behalf.
  • Budget: All applications for POD-Tier 2, PASS-Tier 3 and PASS-Tier 4 grants must include a budget outlining actual or estimated expenses.
  • Deadlines for Applications: There are four funding cycles each year, with the following deadlines:
    • September 1, 2022
    • November 1, 2022
    • February 1, 2023
    • April 1, 2023

After the funding request form has been submitted, student(s) or faculty member may be asked to submit a detailed budget and answer additional questions from the Finance Committee.

Note: Due to the timing of Alumni Association Board Meetings, funding decisions may not be announced for more than a month after a cycle closes.

Acknowledgement and Use of Funds

The Alumni Association must be acknowledged for its financial support on any marketing materials, collateral, posters, etc. Contact to obtain specific language and the College of Medicine Alumni Association for logo. Failure to comply could result in removal of funds.

All funding requests must be aligned with Drexel University College of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies policies, including those of the Office of Student Affairs, and all programs supported by the Grants Program must adhere to university policies on student programming. Alcohol, alumni travel or programs that occurred in the past will not be funded.

For More Information

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details. You may also contact the Alumni Association at, or call 888.DU.GRADS (toll-free) or 215.895.ALUM (2586).