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Crew Scholars Program

Crew |'Krü| - A group of Drake students of color who stand together to support each other's success, academic excellence, and leadership growth.


What is a “Crew”?

It’s a group of students who want to achieve great things at Drake, to support each other's success as students of color, and are passionate about effecting change in the community.

The Crew Scholars Program offers a community in which you’ll build lifelong friendships, attend exciting events, and get involved in every aspect of campus life, all while cultivating academic excellence and leadership skills and nurturing your passion for making a difference. Plus, the Crew Scholars Program makes a Drake education more financially feasible: Crew Scholars enrolled full-time in on-campus courses are guaranteed a 50% tuition deduction.**

(**Calculation of the 50% will include non-Crew Drake scholarships and grants. With the exception of the need-based Drake Grant, they are not an additional 50% on top of those awards. In addition, NCAA and conference guidelines may require adjustments to any scholarship or grant if athletic scholarships are offered.)

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 domestic students of any major. Each year, 20 students will be selected for the program. You must be admitted to Drake before you can apply for Crew.

The Crew Scholars Program application deadline is January 17, 2022 at 11:59pm. We will notify applicants of acceptance by April 1, 2022.

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 your first academic year, the entire Crew meets every week with the program directors to develop strategies for academic success, discuss your unique experiences of students whose life experiences have provided special insight into issues surroundng diversity and inclusion.


Each year, the Crew Scholars plan a campus-wide event, collaborate with other student groups, and take 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 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.

Faculty Mentorship

In addition to being paired with a Crew scholar mentor, each incoming Crew Scholar will work with a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors support Crew students throughout their time at Drake as students pursue academic excellence, develop professional goals, and make decisions about the diverse academic and social opportunities they encounter at Drake.

Important Admission Dates