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Drexel Liberty Scholars Program

The Drexel Liberty Scholars program was established to continue Drexel University's over 120-year tradition of providing quality education to Philadelphians without restrictions on religion, race, gender, or social class and to reaffirm our commitment to engaging with the communities that make up our city.

Through the Liberty Scholars program, Drexel provides 50 recent Philadelphia high school graduates with annually renewable scholarship awards covering 100 percent of tuition and fees. These Drexel Liberty Scholars will enjoy all of the benefits of a Drexel education as well as a mentorship program designed to ensure continued success at the college level. All recipients will live on campus as part of a learning community during their first year in the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Low-income students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and reside in and who have graduated from a public, private, parochial, charter, or preparatory high school within the Philadelphia city limits during the 2013–14 academic year are eligible to apply for the scholarship. City residents who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process

  • By January 15, have a complete admission application, including high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • By January 15, complete the Drexel Liberty Scholarship application.
  • By February 1, applicants are required to file a 2014–2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at Drexel's school code is 003256.

Final candidates will be contacted in February regarding interview times, and Drexel Liberty Scholars will be announced in early April 2014.
To receive the scholarship, the candidate must enroll as a new matriculated student in a full-time day, face-to-face undergraduate program of study at the University starting in the fall for the 2014–15 academic year.

Renewal Requirements

The scholarship will be renewable for the four or five years required to complete the undergraduate degree, providing the student:

  • Continues enrollment in a full-time day undergraduate program
  • Maintains a 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year. (Students who remain in good standing but do not meet the minimum cumulative grade point average will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a Scholarship Committee.)
  • Files a renewal FAFSA by May 1
  • Meets with assigned mentor at least once per term
  • Participates in all Liberty Scholars activities
  • Participates in at least one extracurricular activity (campus or community organization)

Contact Information

Liberty Scholar applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by either calling 215-895-2400 or e-mailing to