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The Pauline E. Drake Scholars is a chartered student organization whose mission is to proudly represent Spelman College through service to the world, to cultivate and sustain unity among all Spelman College students, and to uphold the goals of Spelman College by supporting the academic and ethical development of the non-traditional student community of Spelman College.


All students enrolled in the Spelman College Pauline E. Drake Program, formerly known at the Gateway Program, shall be members of the Pauline E. Drake Scholars and shall have full rights and privileges in this organization. Membership dues are $20 per semester.

  • Monthly Meeting Day: Saturday (2nd of the month)
  • Meeting Time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Various locations
  • President: Monique Monge | Email: | Phone: 404-394-1103
  • Adviser: DaNita Brady McClain | Email: | Phone: 404-270-5781

Scholars in the News

The Osher Foundation Supports Nontraditional Scholars
Thirty years ago, Yvette Butcher arrived at Spelman’s gates as an 18-year-old, first-year, student ready to embrace her chosen path.  She learned about the histories and traditions that formed the foundation of the Spelman legacy she planned to uphold someday.  But just one semester into her first year, life changed her plans.  Now, more than 30 years later, Butcher has returned to Spelman to finish what she started. Read More

The Other Student: A Nontraditional Experience at Spelman College
I never thought my journey would lead me to Spelman College, especially as a nontraditional student. I have been a beauty entrepreneur since I graduated from high school in 1992. I held positions at Clinique, Dr. Miracles Hair Care and Ulta 3 Cosmetics.

In 1996, I opened Nekesa’s Natural Radiance Beauty Co., a natural hair salon. I married and created a product line once our daughter Shina was born. After the birth of our son Chase, I decided to take some classes in business just to strengthen my skills. Those classes resulted in me obtaining my associate’s degree in marketing. Read More