Drake Global Learning Scholarships

Drake's global learning scholarships are designed to enable students to reach their full potential as responsible iglobal citizens. All five scholarships are need based, but have slightly different selection criteria. Please read the following descriptions to understand which scholarship(s) are appropriate for the program you wish to pursue.

Zimpleman Scholarship for Global Experiential Learning

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

Olson Global Service-Learning Scholarship
This scholarship, funded by alumnus Ron Olson and his wife, Jane Olson, 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.

Allen Service-Learning Travel Scholarship
This scholarship, funded by Doug Allen, supports students engaged service-learning that requires travel, either in the US or abroad. (Service-learning involves meaningful community service and intentional reflection.)  

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.  

International Relations Experiential Learning Scholarship
International Relations Experiential Learning Scholarships are need-based scholarships for International Relations majors at Drake University. Scholarships are for students who are engaging in experiential learning, including but not limited to internships, international travel, travel seminars, service learning, simulations, and other areas that benefit students' experiential learning.

Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences Scholarship
This scholarship is only for students studying on the Pravara Institute health program in India.


Please visit the application portal for deadlines and to apply.

Eligibility for all Global Learning Scholarships

1) Applicants must be admitted, currently enrolled, degree-seeking Drake students.  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) Applicants must be in good academic standing with Drake University at the time of application.

6) 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 this application constitutes permission to release your financial aid information to the scholarship selection committee.

7) Scholarships are for existing Drake affiliated, exchange or faculty-led programs.

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

9) A disciplinary check will be done and may affect an applicant's eligibility to receive this scholarship.

10) Applicants are able to apply for scholarships up to a semester in advance:

March 2016 deadline is open to: Summer 2016, Fall/Academic Year 2016, and J-term 2017

The Award Process

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

Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Vice Provost for International Programs. 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/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 will be cancelled 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. 

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