Changemaker Scholars

Changemaker Scholars

Do you want to live your life in a way that makes the world a better place for others? The Changemaker Scholars program at Drake University can help you do just that. Built upon the principles of leadership, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement, this four-year academic and community engagement program will give students the skills and experience to help address societal issues. 

Changemaker Scholars will learn alongside each other in the classroom and community for their first-year through senior year at Drake.  They’ll have access to experts in the community, hands-on learning opportunities with start-ups and non-profits, and education in entrepreneurism, leadership and civic engagement. They’ll take what they learn and put it to work in their communities through mission-driven work. They’ll lead a vibrant life of service as part of the Drake campus community through volunteering, mentoring and leadership, and modeling the spirit of Drake’s inspiration statement: Together we transform lives and strengthen communities.

This is a 4-year program. All members accepted into the program will receive a renewable $5,000 scholarship for four years.

Application Requirements

  • Gain admission to Drake University.
  • Eligible candidates must have a 3.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts must be postmarked or submitted with your Drake application for admission by February 8, 2023
  • Apply and complete the separate Changemaker Scholars application by February 8, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Applicants must show demonstrated interest in Drake University through participation in an Office of Admission visit program/event between January 1, 2022 and February 8, 2023. Students may choose from either an Office of Admission virtual program or an Office of Admission on-campus visit. See virtual and on-campus opportunities here.
  • Applicants for the scholarship may be selected for a virtual interview.

Learn more about the program on the Changemaker Scholars web page.

Please log in using your Office of Admission application credentials. (If you have not yet started your admission application, you must start it before you can set up a scholarship/special program application.)

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For more information, please contact Amanda Martin, Assistant Director of Community Engaged Learning, at or 515-271-2767.



Scholarship Availability

Law 3 + 3

Undergraduate awards available for 3 years or until first year of Law Program (L1).

Doctor of Pharmacy

Undergraduate awards available for 4 years or through the 2nd year of the Pharmacy Program (P2).

Occupational Therapy Doctorate 3+3

Undergraduate awards available for 3 years or until the first year of the OTD program (O1). There is a one-time, $5000 scholarship for O1.

Masters in Athletic Training 

Undergraduate awards available for 3 years or until the first year of the Athletic Training Program (AT1). There is a one-time, $5000 scholarship for AT1.