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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 a renewable scholarship award covering 100 percent of tuition and fees. Additionally, the program fosters student success through a dedicated faculty or staff mentor, a learning community in which all scholars live during their freshman year, extracurricular and developmental programming, and active engagement with campus life.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, reside in the Philadelphia city limits, and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (Drexel uses the CSS PROFILE to determine the financial eligibility of applicants). City residents who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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

Application Process

Early Decision Applicants

  • By November 1, have a completed admission application, including high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • By November 15, complete the Drexel Liberty Scholarship application and essay online via Discover Drexel.
    • The supplemental essay form is available in Discover Drexel.
    • 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?
  • By November 15, complete the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017–2018 school year.
    • By November 17, complete the Noncustodial Parent form or waiver form (if required). Please note, if you are not in contact with one or both of your parents the Noncustodial Parent Waiver form needs to be completed.

Early Action Applicants

  • By November 1, have a completed admission application, including high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • By November 15, complete the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017–2018 school year.
    • By November 17, complete the Noncustodial Parent form or waiver form (if required). Please note, if you are not in contact with one or both of your parents the Noncustodial Parent Waiver form needs to be completed.
  • By February 1, complete the Drexel Liberty Scholarship application and essay online via Discover Drexel.
    • The supplemental essay form is available in Discover Drexel.
    • 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?

Regular Decision Applicants

  • By January 15, have a completed admission application, including high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • By February 1, complete the Drexel Liberty Scholarship application online via Discover Drexel.
    • The supplemental essay form is available in Discover Drexel.
    • 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?
  • By February 15, Complete the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017–2018 school year.
    • By February 17, complete the Noncustodial Parent form or waiver form (if required). Please note, if you are not in contact with one or both of your parents the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Form needs to be completed.

Renewal Requirements

As a Liberty Scholar, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to remain in the program:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (reviewed at the end of your enrollment each academic year)
  • Contact your mentor at least once per term
  • Participate in at least one Drexel organization or activity of your choice
  • Complete a yearly community service commitment with Lindy Center-sponsored service
  • Participate in official Liberty Scholars events
  • Submit a Thank You Letter and Photograph each year of the program
  • Maintain full-time registration for each term of your enrollment
  • Uphold all student conduct guidelines as prescribed by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Complete all End of Term Surveys on time

Contact Information

Liberty Scholar applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by either calling 215.895.2400 or emailing lbtysch@drexel.edu.