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National Alumni Scholarships

The Drake University National Alumni Association awards prestigious scholarships to outstanding students. Students are invited to participate in this program and applicants do not have to be related to Drake alumni to be eligible for this award. The National Alumni Scholarship process is competitive and awards are given through the National Alumni Scholarship program.

The National Alumni Scholarship awards the following annually:

Alumni and George Carpenter Scholarships supersede both the Presidential Scholarship and the Trustee Scholarship. All scholarships are renewable for three additional years if the recipient is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits each term and maintains the required minimum cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale ranging from 2.0 to 3.25 depending on the award received. Additionally, Alumni Scholars must live in approved Drake University housing to renew the room and board portion of their full scholarship award.

The 2021 National Alumni Scholarship Application will open in Fall 2020.

The Criteria

National Alumni Scholars are selected by Drake's National Alumni Scholarship Committee on the basis of high scholastic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, leadership, communication skills, and potential for contributing to the academic and extracurricular life of Drake University. Whether an applicant is related to a Drake alumna/alumnus has no bearing on selection.

National Alumni Scholarship students must:
Application Process

National Alumni Scholarship applicants must ensure that all admission materials and the National Alumni Scholarship application materials are postmarked by December 2, 2019. There will be no exceptions.

Admission application materials:

Send directly to Drake University, Office of Admission, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 USA:

The National Alumni Scholarship application must be submitted online by no later than 11:59 p.m. CST December 2, 2019.

Required Scholarship Days: February 1 or February 8, 2020

Drake National Alumni Scholarship applicants must participate in one of the scholarship days Saturday, February 1 or Saturday, February 8, 2020.  The scholarship day competition is required for further consideration for the Alumni, Carpenter and Trustee Scholarships. Provisions to participate in one of the scholarship days via fax, e-mail and telephone will be made for applicants outside the continental United States only. The National Alumni Scholarship day offers exciting opportunities to learn more about Drake University and experience its many advantages.

Indicate your scholarship day preference on the application. A scholarship day will be assigned to applicants based on the receipt date of completed application materials and program capacity. A student may request to change an assigned scholarship day prior to Monday, January 6, 2020; however, program limitations may not allow for the request to be granted. Confirmation information will be sent to all qualified applicants in mid-January. In the event of any unforeseen conflicts due to weather, illness or family emergency, contact 515-271-3181 by 4 p.m. CST the Friday prior to your assigned scholarship day or 515-271-4139 on the morning of the Scholarship Day to discuss any possible alternatives. 

Note:  The February 1, 2020 National Alumni Scholarship date is two days before the Iowa Caucuses! Prior to making your date preference, please be advised that this date will be exciting, but will require extra flexibility for travel plans and the accessibility of campus spaces will be impacted, as both Drake and Des Moines will be in the national political spotlight.


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 (UP TO 4 YEARS TOTAL OR UNTIL A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IS EARNED) IF REQUIRED ACADEMIC STANDING AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE ARE MAINTAINED. For students entering one of Drake’s joint undergraduate/graduate degree paths, refer to the table below to see how undergraduate awards (including Fine Arts Scholarships) are impacted.



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).

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.


Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply for Admission: Fall 2020 term

Now - Enroll for Fall 2020

June and July (Varied Dates) - Virtual Sneak Peak at Drake

June 12 - Virtual Orientation Session III

June 22Virtual Orientation Session IV

June 26 - Virtual Orientation Session V