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National Alumni Scholarships


The Drake University National Alumni Scholarship (NAS) is Drake’s most competitive scholarship program. Awards range from $3,000-$10,000 in renewable scholarship, in addition to a student’s Presidential Scholarship (which ranges between $21,000-$25,000).

National Alumni Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year students entering directly from high school who meet all criteria and complete the full application process. Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, the 2021 National Alumni Scholarship Days will be held virtually.

The application deadlne for students entering in Fall 2021 has passed.

Further scholarship details are below:

The Awards

All scholarships are renewable for an additional three years provided full-time enrollment and the required minimum cumulative GPA are maintained.

 The Criteria

In order to apply to compete for these scholarship awards, a student must be entering directly from high school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above on a 4.0 scale OR rank in the top five percent of their class (weighted GPAs are accepted).

In addition, our National Alumni Scholars are students who demonstrate achievements in other areas such as outstanding academic performance, often recognized by their school, state, or the national level; take responsibility and serve in leadership positions across a variety of activities or organizations making positive contributions to the greater good. Our scholars are students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to their extracurriculars, work experiences and/or volunteer engagements. Scholars show initiative and creativity through trying something new or unexpected and in how they overcame a hardship or adversity. Finally, scholars demonstrate a passion for their work and their studies. They have a love of learning evident in their achievements and expanding their own world.

 Application Process

All eligible applicants must do the following in order to apply for consideration for these scholarships:

Applicants will be narrowed to a group of semi-finalists. Students selected as semi-finalists will be notified mid-January.

Semi-finalists are named Trustee Scholars. Trustee Scholars are required to participate in a virtual scholarship interview and virtual National Alumni Scholarship visit program in order to both compete for one of the ten, $10,000 Carpenter Scholarships. Regardless of the outcome of the scholarship competition, Trustee Scholars are guaranteed a Trustee Scholarship of $3000 so long as they complete their virtual interview and attend the virtual visit program.

*Participation in the interview and program portions of the National Alumni Scholarship is by invitation only to application semi-finalists. Semi-finalists are determined after a review of the information submitted within the National Alumni Scholarship application. If invited to the interview and virtual program portions in order to complete for the Carpenter scholarship consideration, the applicant will be able to select their interview and program dates from the listed dates above. Date and time selections will be reserved on a first-available basis.

Notification of awards will be in early March 2021.

No exceptions are permitted on the December 1, 2020 deadline.