Lawrence K. Fish Scholarship

In 2006, Lawrence K. Fish established a full four-year scholarship at Drake University. A 1966 graduate of the University, Mr. Fish attributes his strong sense of conviction and the launch of his successful career in banking to the education he received at Drake. He established the scholarship, he says, “in order to provide a young person with an opportunity to attend this wonderful institution with the luxury of being able to dedicate themselves fully to their education and time away at school, without financial worry.”

About the Scholarship

Available to outstanding students from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire who meet Drake’s standards for admissions and demonstrate financial need, the Lawrence K. Fish scholarship has been awarded to three students to date. Through his experience with these outstanding young women, Mr. Fish saw both the positive impact of the scholarship and its ability to change a young person’s life. Beginning this year, he has decided to maximize that impact by offering the scholarship to students for whom the opportunity of a high quality, four-year college education might be otherwise out of reach.

Through his family foundation, Mr. Fish has been supporting local teens from very low-income neighborhoods through global youth development and education programs. The kids must meet high standards for weekly attendance and performance in the yearlong program, learning the language and culture of a country, before winning a spot on a two-week trip to that country. Mr. Fish and his family learned from the program’s alumni and graduates that the experience was truly life changing, broadening their worldview and motivating them to reach higher for themselves.

Going forward, Mr. Fish has determined that the Lawrence K. Fish Scholarship at Drake University should be offered first to graduates of its global youth leadership programs—currently offered for Japan, India and French-speaking countries, in partnership with top community-based organizations in Boston. The Fish family’s hope is that the scholarship will motivate these young people to continue all their hard work and progress, while providing the family an opportunity to make a longer term commitment to its kids.

While primary consideration for the scholarship will be given to the “Trip Grads,” students from all of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation are encouraged to apply. Mr. Fish and his family are committed to making this opportunity to the broadest group of eligible students possible, and are grateful for the support and partnership of Drake University in this goal.

Scholarship Specifics

  • Covers 100% of four years of tuition, room and board at Drake University, valued at more than $150,000
  • Includes an annual stipend of $2,000 for books and incidental expenses
  • Is renewal each year for four years of education at Drake, as long as the student maintains his or her status as a full-time student at the University

Scholarship Requirements

The recipient of the scholarship must be:

  • An entering first-year student of Drake University
  • A student which meets the admission standards for Drake University
  • A student from one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation (with primary consideration given to those who have participated in one of its Global Youth Leadership programs)

Application Process

Interested students must submit both the Fish Scholarship Application and the Drake admission application materials no later than March 1, 2014. For additional information about this scholarship, please contact the Office of Admission or Chris Slocombe, Drake University Senior Admission Counselor, at 515-271-4002 or christopher.slocombe@drake.edu.

Lawrence K. Fish

Lawrence K. Fish is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a multi-state commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.  Under Fish's leadership, CFG grew 30-fold since he joined the company in 1992. He retired from the company in 2009.

Mr. Fish holds leadership positions in business and in the community. He is Chairman of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is also a Director of Textron Inc., Tiffany & Co., and NBH Holdings Corp. He serves on the FDIC Commission on Economic Inclusion, a panel that provides the FDIC with advice and recommendations on expanding access to banking services by under-served populations. He is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow.

Mr. Fish is committed to a number of philanthropic organizations personally and through the Fish Family Foundation, providing direct support as well as chairing major capital campaigns. He is particularly interested in the issues of immigration and urban poverty, and serves as a volunteer at several inner-city organizations.

A 1966 graduate of Drake, Larry Fish earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1968. He was the recipient of Harvard's Frank Knox Fellowship, which included graduate study at the London School of Economics and travel in India. Mr. Fish is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Drake University, Providence College, Bryant College, Roger Williams University, Johnson & Wales University and the University of Massachusetts. Larry Fish and his wife, Atsuko, who is involved in various philanthropic and community organizations in Boston, reside in the Boston area.

Awards are based on a variety of criteria depending on the type of scholarship and are not based on financial need. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE RENEWABLE IF REQUIRED ACADEMIC STANDING AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE ARE MAINTAINED. For students entering the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences merit aid is available only through the fourth year of the six-year program.

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