Drew Action Scholars: Community, Innovation, Global Impact.


Drew Action Scholars

Town Hall Presentations

Join the Action Scholars on Zoom for presentations and dialogue on some of the most important challenges of our time such as criminal justice reform, educational equity, climate change, mental health, homelessness, and more, on April 23 from 1:00 - 4:00pm!

Action Scholars Take Action!

The Drew Wellness Activators are a group of first year Action Scholars (and two Action Scholar Peer Mentor advisors) who partner with the Drew Counseling center to create programming and initiatives to promote a holistic sense of wellness on campus. Over the course of two semesters they have attended trainings focused on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Additionally, the students have planned and hosted game nights to encourage social interaction between first year students, designed and ran online competitions to celebrate productive workspaces, and are currently creating de-stress events for the end of the semester. They also put together a video to promote and emphasize the importance of continuing to wear masks during the pandemic. Make sure to check it out!

Special thanks to C.J. Talerico for editing the video!

Introducing 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. All first-year Action Scholars are supported by a junior or senior peer mentor. 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 welcomed 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, we encourage you to apply to earn a scholarship while joining a selective group of like-minded fellow students.

Applications for Fall 2021 are now closed. However, if this program is of interest to you and aligns with your passions and goals, we encourage you to consider applying to join the program in the Fall of 2022. Keep an eye out for the new application for Fall 2022 as part of the Common App!  Scholarships are reviewed along with your admissions application.  Therefore the deadline to apply is the same as your selected admission decision plan.  If you have already submitted your admissions application, you can apply for Action Scholars on your student account portal.


It’s easy to apply. Be prepared to respond to these three questions:

  • Describe your interest in any or all of the Drew Action Scholars focus areas: community, innovation, and global impact. If possible, please connect these interests to your experiences or activities.
  • Tell us about a problem, challenge, or opportunity you think needs attention–and why?
  • Tell us about a time when you worked with others to accomplish a goal. What was hard? What went well?

Applications for Fall 2021 can be found as part of the Common App!

Program Details

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.

Action Scholars Take Action!

See how the Action Scholars are exploring real world problems and solutions every day in the classroom and through their volunteer work.