Drew Action Scholars.
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.
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 challenges.
In fall 2020, we will welcome the first class of Drew Action Scholars. If you are 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:
Civic Engagement: Build knowledge and practice skills needed to make a difference in our local communities—collaboration, advocacy, deliberation and more.
Global Learning: Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to be successful in our global cultures and economies.
Innovation: Use design thinking, lean start-up methodology and other strategies to create change via social ventures, triple bottom line organizations, and technological innovation.
Accepted students receive a scholarship of $5,000 ($2,500/year) for two years
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.
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.
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.
Further application details coming soon! In the meantime, here are the short answer prompts that will be part of the process:
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.