Drew Action Scholars: Community, Innovation, Global Impact.
Drew Action Scholars is a two-year program with a four-year scholarship, guided by a distinctive, results- and action-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving. Accepted students join a cohort of peers committed to community, innovation and global impact in a connected world. Complete the two year program and receive a four year scholarship of $10,000 ($2,500/year).
Recognizing the power of the experiential learning built into the Civic Scholars program, Drew University has expanded into the Drew Action Scholars program, including more students and embracing more—and larger—real-world problems and solutions.
In fall 2020, we will welcome the first class of Drew Action Scholars. If you are an incoming first year or transfer student interested in any or all of the focus areas below, apply to earn a scholarship while joining a selective group of like-minded fellow students:
Use design thinking, lean start-up methodology and other strategies to create change via social ventures, triple bottom line organizations, and technological innovation.
“Potts’ research in Professor Brianne Barker’s Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI) lab centers on the role of the IFI16 protein in immune system signaling, and potential implications to the HIV virus.” His research will have large scale global and community impact. Read more about Potts’ research and other scientific research opportunities at Drew here.
What’s the problem? Our world needs more scientists, but youth from low-income communities may not have the opportunity to practice real science as a career. How do we as a society ensure that all our children can aspire to become scientists? Drew students answered this question with action—creating the award-winning Fair for Emerging Researchers. Each year, a team of Drew students trains dozens of middle school students in the scientific method, giving them the tools to design research projects, run experiments and analyze results that they present in the annual science fair.
Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to be successful in our global cultures and economies.
What’s the problem? Girls in Afghanistan don’t have opportunities to learn computer science. Without access to knowledge in this important field, their futures are limited. So Bahara Mohammadi C’20 created a program to help girls in Afghanistan learn to code. Collaborating with Drew’s Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict and the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund, she built the curriculum, interviewed candidates and taught herself how to build games and animation to spark her students’ interest. After a successful first class of 20 students, her ambitions for Afghan Girls Code are high: “My goal is for them to participate in international coding competitions in six to nine months.” Read more.
Build knowledge and practice skills needed to make a difference in our local communities—collaboration, advocacy, deliberation and more.
What’s the problem? Many businesses do not allow animals on their premises, but disabled people need their assistance dogs to be with them and to have their needs respected by business owners and employees. To address this problem, a team of Drew students created the Service Animal Advocacy Project. Its mission is to advocate for a culture of cooperation and communication between service dog users and businesses. The group’s strategy focused on educational workshops for both service animal users and local businesses, helping businesses identify service animals and understand their legal obligations while empowering service animal users advocate for themselves while understanding their rights and responsibilities. Read more about team member Ida Behreini C’19.
It’s easy to apply. Follow the link below and respond to these three questions:
All Drew Action Scholars complete the first-year curriculum, the second-year convening and immersive experience and 100 hours of experiential learning annually. All immersive experiences and co-curricular requirements count towards these 100 hours. As a Drew Action Scholar you will also join your peers for retreats, town halls and pitch events.
As our provost, Debra Liebowitz, often elaborates, “When you graduate from Drew, you will say, ‘I am ready, my education is relevant, I am connected, and I am a part of Drew’s vast lifelong community.’” Read more about Drew’s initiative to make immersive experiences central to education.
Read about Diya Abdo’s advice to students in Drew University’s New York City semester on Social Entrepreneurship “Don’t study a problem. Take action.”