Crew Scholars Program

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

-       African Proverb

Don’t go it alone at Drake—consider joining the Crew Scholars Program. What is a “Crew”? It’s a group of about 20 students who want to achieve great things at Drake, support each other, and are passionate about effecting change in the community.

You’ll build lifelong friendships, attend exciting events, and get involved in the campus community, all while cultivating academic and leadership skills. Plus, the Crew Scholars Program makes a Drake education more financially feasible:Crew Scholars enrolled in on-campus courses, full-time for the fall and/or spring semesters, will receive Drake scholarships and grants totaling at least 50 percent of tuition.  This 50 percent tuition support includes Drake scholarships and grants awarded prior to selection as a Crew Scholar. Students must also complete a FAFSA application.

The Crew Scholars Program:

  • Provides focused social and academic support for its members.
  • Encourages active campus participation.
  • Recognizes and nurtures individual identities.
  • Prepares students for leadership and mentorship roles.

Joining the Crew

The Crew Scholars Program at Drake is open to incoming students of any major and primarily consists domestic students of color. Each year, 20 students will be selected for the program.

The Crew Scholars Program application deadline is Feb. 10, 2014. We will notify applicants of acceptance on Feb. 24, 2014. You must be admitted to Drake before you can apply for the program.

Once you’re part of the Crew, all scholars pledge to graduate from Drake and to provide positive encouragement and support to fellow Crew members. You’ll also commit to participating in each component of the program.

Being Part of the Crew

Pre-Semester Events

For one day during summer orientation and for two days before Welcome Week in August, the Crew gathers to prepare for their transition to Drake, build friendships, and establish fellowship. After these events, (for which all expenses except travel are paid) you’ll begin your studies with confidence and a sense of belonging.

Crew Connect Sessions

Throughout the academic year, the entire Crew meets every other week with the director, the faculty coordinator, and student mentors to troubleshoot, develop strategies for academic success, discuss unique experiences, and celebrate achievements.


Each year, the Crew Scholars plan a campus-wide event of their choosing, collaborates with other student groups, and takes a leading role in raising awareness about a social issue that they identify as pressing. The group also attends a student leadership conference each spring semester.            

Mentor Role

In year two and beyond, each Crew Scholar becomes a mentor for the next incoming class, guiding new students through the ups and downs of their first year and building a tradition of responsibility. The mentorship activities combined with a shared commitment to graduate from Drake create a sense of community achievement with each year’s graduating class.

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