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Papadakis Public Service Fellowship

Drexel University is pleased to offer the Constantine Papadakis Public Service Fellowship, to support those in government and non-profit public service who are so important to the economic stability, desirability, and continued development of this region as a destination location for businesses and families. This program is an expression of Drexel University's century-long tradition of civic engagement and of its commitment to full partnership with Greater Sacramento.

Papadakis Fellowships offers a 5% to 15% tuition grant for every graduate program offered at Drexel University Sacramento.

To qualify for a Papadakis Public Service Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be employed at least 20 hours per week in a qualified public service job, including any not-for-profit organization, any governmental or quasi-governmental agency, or any other public service employer. This includes emergency management, government, military service, public safety, law enforcement, public health, public education, social work, public interest law, public child care, public service for individuals with disabilities or the elderly, public library sciences, school-based library sciences, and other school-based services.
  • Provide proof of employment by a qualifying employer.

Once awarded, the Papadakis Public Service Fellowship will be renewed every academic term as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, remains employed in a qualified public service job, and continues to be enrolled at Drexel University Sacramento for a minimum of 6 credits per term. The Papadakis Public Service Fellowship will expire at the end of the academic term in which the recipient ceases to be employed by a qualifying employer. The fellowship recipient is required to notify Drexel as soon as s/he ceases employment with a qualified employer.

The Papadakis Public Service Fellowship is an academic tuition award, and is not applicable to fees, books, or other educational expenses. The fellowship cannot be combined with other scholarships, awards, fellowships or grants from Drexel, except the Sacramento Leadership Fellowship as noted below, and is not applicable or transferable to any entirely online program or any Drexel location other than Drexel University Sacramento.

All applicants are automatically considered for a Sacramento Leadership Fellowship at the time of admission. Leadership Fellowship recipients, who are also eligible for a Papadakis Public Service Fellowship, will receive an additional Papadakis Public Service Fellowship equivalent to a 5% tuition grant provided that the value of the increased fellowship does not exceed half of the tuition.

The amount of the Papadakis Public Service Fellowship will become part of the student's total financial aid package. All applicants for the Public Leadership Fellowship are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and Drexel will work with each applicant to help determine eligibility for other need-based aid programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Constantine Papadakis?

Constantine N. Papadakis, Ph.D., was the eleventh President of Drexel University, serving from 1995 until he passed away in April 2009. During his fourteen years as Drexel's leader, he made Drexel into a comprehensive, nationally-ranked, research-intensive university. It was his vision that brought Drexel from its 119-year home in Philadelphia to Sacramento, California, where Drexel University Sacramento opened in January 2009.

Why are these fellowships named in his honor?

Born in Greece, Constantine ("Taki") Papadakis received his graduate education in engineering in the United States. After rising to leadership positions in private business, he entered academia, rising quickly to department head, dean, and then president of a university. His passion for education was matched by his passion for public service — he attributed both to the Greek heritage of which he was so proud — and it is for that reason that Drexel requires public service by all of its undergraduates, and why so many of its graduate programs include public service initiatives. The Sacramento Public Service Fellowships therefore recognize a visionary who brought Drexel to California, who understood the value of graduate education, and who personally believed in the core value of giving back to one's community. The "Papadakis Fellows" will be living reminders of this remarkable man and his passion for civic engagement.

Who is eligible for a Papadakis Fellowship?

Any person who is employed for more than 20 hours per week by any not-for-profit organization, any governmental or quasi-governmental agency, or any other public service employer. This includes emergency management, government, military service, public safety, law enforcement, public health, public education, social work, public interest law, public child care, public service for individuals with disabilities or the elderly, public library sciences, school-based library sciences, and other school-based services.

What is Drexel's tuition?

Drexel's tuition is applied on a credit hour basis, and varies according to degree program. Tuition information is on Drexel's website. In general terms, while Drexel is a private, non-profit university that is ranked in the top 50 in the country, its tuitions are competitive with similar degree programs that are offered in California (many of Drexel's programs are not otherwise available in the Sacramento Valley).

How will the fellowship be disbursed?

Papadakis Fellowships are only awarded for degree programs offered at Drexel University Sacramento. They will be awarded in a dollar amount equivalent to 15% of the per credit hour tuition. That dollar amount will be established at the time of application and thereafter apply to all graduate credits taken by the "Papadakis Fellow" in the degree program for which it has been awarded. The actual fellowship award is a fixed amount, not a percentage.

When are applications for a Papadakis Fellowship due?

No separate application is required. To be considered for the fellowship, admitted students must present proof of employment by a qualifying employer.

Can a Papadakis Fellowship be combined with matching funds from an employer?

Yes, Drexel hopes public service employers will also value the graduate degree program being pursued by the employee, and will strive to support the Papadakis Fellow with tuition assistance.

What Drexel academic programs are covered by this fellowship?

The Papadakis Fellowship is only available for the graduate programs offered at Drexel University Sacramento. Papadakis Fellowships will be applied as long as the student is taking at least 6 credits per term in the graduate program and maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average.

Are students who started in January 2009 eligible?

Drexel is honored to have several students in our inaugural class who are public service employees. They will have the new fellowship applied to their tuitions starting with the Fall 2009 term (September).

Can students receiving a Papadakis Fellowship also receive other fellowships or scholarships from Drexel?

Sacramento Leadership Fellowship recipients who also work in public service will be eligible for an increased award equivalent to a 5% tuition grant, provided that the value of the total amount of grants and fellowships from Drexel may not exceed half of the tuition. With this one exception, no other Drexel University scholarships, fellowships, or grants can be combined with a Papadakis Fellowship.

What happens if a student with a Papadakis Fellowship is laid off?

Any student entering in the fall of 2009 or later will be eligible for a Bridge to the Future Grant if they are laid off from full-time employment. When awarded, the Bridge Grant will provide half tuition support and would replace any and all other fellowships or grants offered by Drexel. Please consult the Bridge to the Future Grant program description for additional information.

Must eligible students also apply for loans or other financial aid?

No. All applicants for the Papadakis Fellowship are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and Drexel will work with each applicant to help determine eligibility for other need-based aid programs.

What does a Papadakis Fellowship cover?

The Constantine Papadakis Public Service Fellowship is an academic tuition award, and is not applicable to fees, books, or other educational expenses, and is not applicable or transferable to any entirely online program or any Drexel location other than Drexel University Sacramento.