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Diversity & Inclusion Organizations

Black United Independent Collegiate

Black United Independent College (B.U.I.C.) has been revitalized by current students on campus to offer support and encouragement to students of color. The organization is committed to: 

  1. Providing an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation and unity among students of color.
  2. Promoting academic excellence and achievement among students of color.
  3. Raising awareness of issues involving students of color.
  4. Empowering students of color to establish themselves within Drury's campus environment.

Membership shall be based on: 

  1. Any part-time or full-time student attending Drury University is eligible for full membership into the organization.
  2. Students are expected to be in good academic standing with the university in order to maintain membership.
  3. Attendance at meetings will be required.
  4. Participation in at least one sponsored activity per semester is required.

Drury Bridges Program

Bridges is a program designed to help culturally diverse freshman students make the transition from high school to college. This is an opportunity to get more connected with key people on campus and in the Springfield community. 

Activities during the program are focused on building strong social networks, identifying opportunities for getting involved on campus and meeting faculty and staff who can help make the Drury experience as meaningful and successful as possible. As an added perk, Bridges participants move into campus housing early. 

The Bridges program is totally free for incoming culturally diverse students.

Please contact Rosalyn Thomas for more information. 

Bridges Application


Drury Scholars

The Drury Scholars Program was established in July 2008 by Drury professors Drs. Bruce Callen, Peter Miedlinger, Mark Wood and Charlene Ingwerson. The focus of the program was to give 15 African American middle school students a residential college experience. This program has grown to include three high schools in the Springfield area. Students are followed closely during the year and given assistance in researching colleges, financial aid options and career options. Students participating in the program meet with the program's coordinator on a weekly basis.

Contact Rosalyn Thomas for more information.


Diversity Scholars Program

The Diversity Scholars Program (previously called the Edward Jones Scholars) was founded by John and Crystal Beuerlein, with Edward Jones, to provide leadership and service opportunities and support that enhance the scholarship recipient’s college experience and future opportunities. The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating high school students who exhibit solid academic performance and extracurricular engagement. The Scholars participate in the Beuerlein Professional Development Program. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, but before the recommended deadline of January 15.

The scholarship is designed to contribute to the ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural diversity of the Drury University student body. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on merit and awards are calculated based on financial need ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 over the standard time of the degree pursued, annually renewable.

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