Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarships

Drexel University will award five $5000 scholarships to incoming freshmen with a significant record of community service/service learning/civic engagement. Consideration will be given to recipients of Congressional Service Awards, applicants who have participated in Corporation for National and Community Service programs (e.g., Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps, or City Year), and applicants with distinguished service records during high school.

To be considered for a Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship, the following steps need to be completed:

Step 1

The student must complete the Online Scholarship Application and include a personal statement describing your record of community service and how you plan to incorporate service learning as part of your undergraduate experience at Drexel. The application and essay must be submitted online by October 15th

Step 2

An application for admission along with high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and letters of recommendation (one letter of recommendation should be from an individual familiar with your community service activities), must be on file with the Admissions Office by December 15th. Decisions concerning the Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarships will be made as applications are received.

The Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship is renewable for each year of the recipient’s undergraduate degree program, providing he/she is enrolled in a full-time-day undergraduate program at Drexel and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year. The Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship is applied to annual tuition only. It is not applied to room and board, annual fees, or partial tuition rates.

Drexel Distinguished Service Scholars are expected to contribute positively to civic engagement at the university by:

  • At least one term per year, serve as Drexel Community Scholar through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. Drexel Community Scholars fill leadership positions in curricular and co-curricular activities facilitated by the Lindy Center.
  • Take at least one course per year, starting in the third year of study, with a civic engagement component.
  • Taking part in student leadership development opportunities offered through or sponsored by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

Applicants not selected for this scholarship will be considered for other University scholarships and grants. If the recipient files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and becomes eligible for other financial assistance, the amount of this award will become part of his/her total financial aid package. Notification of other financial assistance will be separate from notification of the Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship.

Scholarship applications and questions can be directed to:

The Financial Aid Office
or online via Ask Drexel