Be a Civic Scholar at Drew.


Civic Scholars

How Does a Substantial Four-Year Scholarship Sound?

Drew is so serious about civic engagement that we offer $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year for four years) for those determined to better the world. This is in addition to any other scholarships students receive from Drew.

The scholarship is offered annually to students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service and civic engagement during their high school years. Applicants should demonstrate leadership in organizing and implementing community projects, as well as working with people from diverse backgrounds.

Recipients are required to join Drew’s Civic Scholars program, which includes participation in special classes, workshops, seminars and off-campus service projects. Students get a structured, supportive program that develops skills, builds résumés and complements academic and career interests—in addition the the generous monetary award. Plus, residential Civic Scholars live together in a living-learning community for their first year in the program.

Learn More and Apply

Considering applying for the Civic Scholars Program? Scholarship applications are reviewed along with your admissions application.  Therefore, the deadline to apply for the Civic Scholars program is the same as your selected admission decision plan


You do not need to know if you have been admitted to Drew to apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship. As soon as you’ve submitted your Common Application you may complete the scholarship application. Use your Common Application ID to link your admissions application and your Civic Engagement Scholarship application.

What’s Life Like as a Civic Scholar?

Sure, hearing you’ve won a Civic Scholarship is reason enough to use your bed as a trampoline (not to mention the pleased look it will put on your parents’ faces). But it also guides you, step by step, to develop the crucial skills you’ll need as a leader working for true social progress.

First Year

Enroll in a special seminar taught by the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and a weekly civic engagement workshop focused on practical skill building.

Sophomore Year

Do a 2-credit Civic Internship with a nonprofit or government agency and participate in skills and leadership development workshops as well as special leadership opportunity teams.

Junior Year

Lead teams of students working on communications, events planning, alternative break trips and other ways of increasing Drew’s impact on communities.


Contribute 100 hours of work to the community beyond Drew. You will also enroll in community-based learning classes to connect your community work to your major.