When you make a gift to Drake, you make a direct, significant contribution to Drake's vision for the future. Not only can you leave a tangible legacy through your gift, you make a distinct impact on the lives of each and every Drake student.
Whether it’s a gift to a college or school, an endowment to establish a scholarship for a student, a membership in Friends of Drake Arts, or an unrestricted gift to The Drake Fund, giving to Drake University is a rewarding experience on any level.
Even a $20, $50, or $100 donation to the Student Travel and Research (STAR) Fund can have a huge impact, allowing a dedicated student to travel to an academic conference, present his or her first academic paper, or travel to perform scholarly research.
"Many people that I met were surprised at the kind of research that I was doing at Drake and the kind of training that I have gotten as an undergraduate. This opportunity as also helped to show me how well prepared Drake has made me to go on to graduate level labs and succeed in that setting."
—Erin Scully, 2012 STAR Fund recipient
"As a sophomore undergraduate student I still have time before I need to concern myself with graduate school applications; nevertheless, I found myself talking to peers currently in graduate programs to be very helpful in developing a clearer understanding of what a graduate level education involves. Most people I spoke with [at the Great Plains Regional Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR] were very encouraging of my passion for research and their description of graduate school has made me more excited than ever to pursue a doctoral level of education."
—John Emmons, 2013 STAR Fund recipient
"Presenting was a blast, and talking over the material so many times in different ways helped me to process it differently, and think about things from different angles. Receiving the STAR grant and being able to attend [the International Conference on Comparative Cognition] was an amazing opportunity. It helped me realize how much I love research, and how many different things are being explored at any one time."
—Clara Bergene, 2012 STAR Fund recipient
In order to make a gift online to support the Student and Travel Research Fund, simply note that that your donation should be applied to the College of Arts and Sciences restricted STAR Fund.