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Student Life Scholarship Awards

Drexel Student Life Awards

A collaboration between Student Life and the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the Student Life Scholarship Awards recognize Drexel Dragons who go above and beyond in the classroom and make significant contributions to our University community.

Nominations will be accepted through October 21, 2018. All Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff are invited to submit candidates to be considered. Self-nominations are also accepted.

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Awards

Note: Monetary award amounts are contingent on student financial need, as determined by Drexel University's Office of Financial Aid.

Alexander Van Rensselaer Service Award (scholarship award: amount up to $15,000)

This award is presented to a student of worthy character who demonstrates service to the student body of Drexel. This award may require the nominated students to submit additional letters of recommendation, references, and/or participate in an interview process.

Alexander-Williamson Memorial Scholarship (scholarship award: amount up to $2,000)

The Alexander-Williamson Memorial Scholarship was established with gifts from friends and loved ones to honor the memory of Alpha Chi Rho Brothers Ian Alexander and John Williamson. The award is presented to an undergraduate student who captures the spirit of the award’s namesakes. To be considered for this award, applicants must demonstrate involvement in the community and a potential for leadership on campus.  

Anthony and Antoinette T. Caneris Award (scholarship award: amount up to $15,000)

This award is presented to junior or senior students enrolled in any Drexel college or school, with preference and consideration for those who demonstrate a high commitment to academics while being actively involved with on-campus activities at the University. Eligible students must also demonstrate financial need as necessary to complete their studies at Drexel. (Undergraduate only)

The Carl Buchholz Award for Civic Engagement (scholarship award: amount up to $1,500)

In memory of Carl Buchholz and on behalf of the Buchholz Family, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement will select a full-time graduating senior enrolled in any college or school at Drexel University who has exemplified Carl Buchhol’z spirit of civic engagement. Each fall, the Lindy Center will invite student nominations for the award, which will be presented during Drexel’s scholarship awards banquet. Selection criteria will include an application letter detailing the nominee’s civic involvement, co-op placements, leadership experiences, and other qualifications, as well as an essay or other statement from the nominee outlining their career aspirations.

Charles E. Etting Award (scholarship award: amount up to $3,000)

This award is presented to students of worthy character and capacity who have excelled extensively in student activities.

Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Senior Men (scholarship award: amount up to $3,000)

Presented to a man in engineering in his senior year who is proficient in studies undertaken and who has participated in extracurricular activities. (Undergraduate only)

Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Senior Women (scholarship award: amount up to $3,000)

This award is presented to a woman in her senior year who is proficient in studies undertaken and who has participated in extracurricular activities. (Undergraduate only)

Josiah P. Ryder General Scholarship (scholarship award: amount up to $5,000)

This award is presented to an engineering student who is proficient in studies undertaken and who has participated in extracurricular activities. (Undergraduate only)

Marilyn A. Burshtin Memorial Award (scholarship award: amount up to $2,500)

This award is presented to a woman in the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated academic success and who has participated extensively in student activities. It is expected that the recipient demonstrate academic success with a GPA of 3.0 or above, but exceptions may be made if an individual has made exceptional contributions to student activities and/or campus life. Nominations are accepted for this award, but each nominee must also submit a self-nomination/application to be considered.

Stephanie L. Ross Memorial Scholarship Award (scholarship award: amount up to $1,000)

This award is presented to an undergraduate student who possesses the generous spirit of the award's namesake. To be considered for this award, applicants must have been a member of a Drexel fraternity or sorority for at least one academic year. The recipient must be in good academic standing as demonstrated by a minimum 3.0 grade point average. (Undergraduate only)

Steve Irby DUBAC Scholarship (scholarship award: amount up to $500)

This award is presented to an undergraduate student who is active in the University and/or local community. The recipient must identify as African American and preference is given to those students residing in Philadelphia or the five surrounding counties. Preference is also given to students studying Engineering or Information Technology that are in good academic standing demonstrated by a minimum 2.75 grade point average and have a financial need. 

2017's Award Recipients:

  • Jonathan Coopersmith — Alexander Van Rensselaer Service Award
  • Colby Mills-King — Anthony and Antoinette T. Caneris Award
  • Genymphas Higgs — Charles E. Etting Award
  • Frederick Wachter — Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Senior Men
  • Alexandria Kapusta — Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Senior Women
  • Mark Robert Odorizzi — Josiah P. Ryder General Scholarship
  • Simal Ali — Marilyn A. Burshtin Memorial Award
  • Kyra Gray — Stephanie L. Ross Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Colby Mills-King — Steve Irby DUBAC Scholarship