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December 17, 2001

Lincoln University and Drexel University Announce Agreement to Strengthen Dual Degree Program in Engineering: Drexel to Grant Scholarships to Lincoln Students to Study Engineering (see related photos)

Lincoln University, America's premier Historically Black University, and Drexel University, which is noted for its cutting-edge engineering and pioneering co-operative education programs, are strengthening their academic relations that allow Lincoln students to earn dual baccalaureate degrees in science from both higher education institutions.

Starting next year, Drexel will grant at least eight scholarships each year, valued at a total of approximately $86,900, to eligible Lincoln University students to attend Drexel's campus in Philadelphia, Pa. Since 1999, Lincoln University has offered a "2-3" or "3-3" dual degree program in engineering in cooperation with Drexel University. Students in the program spend their first two or three years at Lincoln and then three years at Drexel.

For eligible students, the program leads to a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics from Lincoln University and a bachelor's of science degree in Engineering from Drexel. While attending Drexel, Lincoln students can study for bachelor of science degrees in several Engineering programs: Architectural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

"Lincoln University is very pleased to strengthen its Dual Degree Program in Engineering with Drexel University," Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D., said. "The Drexel Scholarships provide students with greater opportunities and financial aid to successfully complete their education in engineering from two outstanding institutions."

Drexel University President Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D., agreed.

"We believe that this (scholarship opportunity) will remove a significant impediment to the application by and the retention of qualified students," President Papadakis said.

With the Drexel Scholarship, the annual cost paid by Lincoln students when they enter Drexel will remain the same as it would have been, had they continued at Lincoln. This represents aid to a Lincoln Dual Degree student of $10,866 in the 2001-2002 academic year alone. Over the three years of the program, the cost would be $32,598. To Lincoln University, it represents the commitment from Drexel of approximately $86,900 every year.

Under the terms of the Lincoln University and Drexel University Dual Degree Program in Engineering, eligible students must meet several prerequisites for admission. Prerequisites include: successfully completing 36 credit hours at Lincoln University in mathematics, physics and computer sciences; maintaining at least a B or 3.0 average; and successfully completing one co-operative education placement in a working environment that provides students with first-hand experience in their chosen field before courses are begun at Drexel and before graduation from Lincoln.

Founded in 1854 as America's first Historically Black University, Lincoln University provides the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society.

The University enrolls 1,871 undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail:; home: 856-582-9574.

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