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The Center for Scholar Development partners with offices within the Pennoni Honors College and across the university to identify and support high-achieving students by offering a range of workshops, activities, and individual advising focused on scholarly and professional development; raising campus-wide awareness of available opportunities; and helping students create successful fellowships applications.

Located within the Pennoni Honors College, Center for Scholar Development coordinates three sets of programming: Aspire Scholars, Drexel Fellowships, and Undergraduate Scholarly Enrichment

Location and Hours

Center for Scholar Development
Disque Hall, Suite 109
32 S. 32nd Street
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Advising Appointments


Center for Scholar Development Team

Kelly WeissbergerKelly Weissberger, MA
Interim Director

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. Kelly focuses on advising students applying for international and global affairs programs, as well as strengthening our partnerships with international and academic partners across campus.

Emily CoyleEmily Coyle
Fellowships Advisor

Emily received her Bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, 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.

Rachael McBride
Fellowships Advisor

Rachael received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s in Linguistics from the University of Florida. As a graduate student, she spent two life-changing semesters in Dushanbe, Tajikistan thanks to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and Fulbright-Hays programs. She is thrilled to be able to assist undergraduate and graduate students at Drexel as they apply for internationally-focused scholarship and fellowship opportunities in pursuit of their own research, study, and/or professional goals. In addition to her time in Tajikistan, Rachael has lived and worked in Anyang, South Korea and Marseille, France and has five years of teaching experience both domestically and abroad.

MarthaMeiersMartha Meiers
Program Coordinator

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.