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Drake Global Learning Scholarships

Drake's global learning scholarships are designed to enable students to reach their full potential as responsible global citizens. All scholarships are financial need-based, but have slightly different selection criteria. 

Zimpleman Scholarship for Global Experiential Learning
This scholarship is funded by Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman, and provides financial assistance to students who will participate in an immersion study abroad experience.  Preference is given to Drake travel seminars during J-term and summer.

Burmeister Scholarship for Uganda Summer Travel Seminars 

David Wright Scholarship for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Scholarship
The scholarship is funded by the family, friends and former students of retired Associate Professor David Wright. It is awarded to undergraduate students in the SJMC to be used for semester-long, year-long, January Term or other approved study abroad experience. Students may receive only one David Wright scholarship.

Gendron Scholarship for Non-European Programs

Johansen Scholarship for Pharmacy and Health Sciences Majors

Levin Scholarship for Promoting Better Understanding Between Persons of Different Faiths

Nelson Scholarship for International Relations, International Business, Language minors, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Global and Comparative Health

Olson Global Service-Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by alumnus Ron Olson and Jane Olson, and supports students engaged in global service-learning, traveling either in the US (for example, service within a multicultural community) or abroad. Service-learning involves meaningful community service and intentional reflection.

Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Scholarship
The PIMS scholarship is for students studying at the Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences program in India.

Thibodeau Scholarship for Global Citizenship
Paul Thibodeau Travel Scholarships for Global Citizenship are need-based awards to assist students with the travel costs of an education abroad experience.  


Please visit the application portal, and log into your application. The scholarship application is due at the same time as the application deadline.

Eligibility for all Global Learning Scholarships

1) Applicants must be admitted, currently enrolled, degree-seeking Drake students in good academic and disciplinary standing. Recent graduates are not eligible. Recipients who are not graduating seniors will be expected to enroll as full time students at Drake for at least one term after completion of the program for which the scholarship is awarded.

2) Applicants must apply for a scholarship before the term they intend to use it.  Therefore, students cannot apply for a scholarship during or after the term has occurred.

3) Only complete applications will be reviewed.

4) With the exception of the International Relations Experiential Learning Scholarship which is offered only to International Relations Majors, students from all majors, including undergraduate, graduate and law students, are eligible to apply for Global Learning Scholarships.

5) For some scholarships, priority is given to students who have financial need, as determined by the results of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the international student financial verification form. Submission of the scholarship application constitutes permission to release your financial aid information to the scholarship selection committee.

6) Scholarships are for approved Drake Programs and Partner Programs only.

7) Students who have not previously received a global learning scholarship may be given priority.

The Award Process

Applications will be forwarded to Student Financial Planning for verification of eligibility and financial need.

Applications are reviewed by an education abroad scholarship committee. Decisions of the committee are final.

Applicants will be notified of award decisions approximately a month after the award deadline.

These scholarships are awarded in addition to a student's existing Drake-funded financial aid and scholarships. Scholarships cannot be used to make deposits for education abroad or other programs. Awards will be credited directly to a student's Drake account according to standard financial aid procedures.

Awards are canceled if the student does not enroll in the program for which the award was made. Standard Drake policies related to withdrawal apply.


Scholarship recipients agree to have their name and program information released to the donor of the scholarship and upon completion of their program, to provide a report of the experience, what they learned, and how they were impacted by the support of this award.