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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 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 1, 2018. There will be no exceptions. It is recommended that students provide their school personnel ample time to fulfill the request to mail transcripts to Drake and that students review their transcripts for accuracy. It is also recommended that candidates make a copy of their scholarship materials before mailing and obtain a certificate of mailing from a postal clerk to verify postmark date.

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 1, 2018.

Required Scholarship Days: February 2 or February 9, 2019

Drake National Alumni Scholarship applicants must participate in one of the scholarship days Saturday, February 2 or Saturday, February 9, 2019.  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 7, 2019; 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. 

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.


Important Admission Dates

Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake

Now - Entering first year and transfer students can apply for fall 2019

October 18 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 26 - Music Audition Day

November 9 - Health Professions Visit Day

November 9 - Music Audition Day

November 12 - Campus Preview Day