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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.

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 2015–16 academic year are eligible to apply for the scholarship. City residents who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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

Application Process

  • By January 15, have a completed admission application, including high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • By January 15, complete the Drexel Liberty Scholarship application online via the Discover Drexel Portal.
    • The supplemental essay form will be available in the Discover Drexel Portal in mid-October. Check back here for more information.
    • The application includes a 500-word essay answering the following question:When Anthony J. Drexel founded the University in 1891, he had a vision to create a different type of school where students could prepare to be innovators for a better future. What is one issue in Philadelphia that you hope to improve in the future? How would an education at Drexel help you to prepare to tackle this?
  • All Liberty Scholars Applicants are required to complete both the CSS Profile and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the program. You must complete both applications by the deadlines listed on the Prospective Freshmen Financial Information page based upon the admissions process you have chosen (Early Action or Regular Decision).

Final candidates will be contacted by email regarding whether or not they will be invited for an interview in late February. Interviews will be held on campus in mid to late March. Drexel Liberty Scholar recipients will be announced in early April 2016.

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
  • 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)
  • Complies with all other program requirements

Contact Information

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