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Pauline E. Drake Scholars Program

The Pauline E. Drake Scholars Program offers mature learners an opportunity to begin or complete college studies.

To qualify for admission to Spelman College through PEDS Program, an applicant should have been away from school or college for several years, be financially independent, and show evidence of having the potential to succeed academically.

PEDS students attend classes with traditional Spelman students. A PEDS student who intends to earn a degree from Spelman College will need to enroll in some day courses to meet the requirements of her academic program.

A prospective participant may apply to PEDS as a degree or a nondegree student. Nondegree
status is appropriate for the woman who already has a college degree and would like to enroll in credit courses because of her special interests or her need for certain skills, knowledge, or certification. A nondegree student is part time and unclassified. As a non-degree student, she may complete no more than one year of study or 32 semester hours.

After completing a year, she must request approval to matriculate as a degree seeking student or obtain permission from the dean of Undergraduate Studies to continue in the nondegree status.
An applicant should submit the following information to the Office of Admissions:

  • The application form and the nonrefundable application fee of $35.
  • Official transcript of the high school from which the student graduated.
  • Official record of GED test scores, if the student is not a high school graduate.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Two recommendations from former teachers, employers or other professionals (Do not include recommendations from family member or friends).

The application deadline for degree seeking students is April 1 (postmark) for fall semester admission. The deadline for spring semester admission is Oct. 1 (postmark).