Scholarships are gift aid — you do not have to repay them or earn them by working.

DePaul Scholarships

Each year, DePaul awards more than $24 million in scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, strong leadership, service to your community and artistic talent. 

Select your student type to learn more.

Incoming Freshman

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on your academic achievement in high school.


Applying. You’re automatically considered for academic scholarships when you apply to DePaul. You do not need to submit a separate application. However, priority consideration is given to students who submit their admission applications by November 15 — so be sure to apply to by this date. If you earn an academic scholarship, we’ll notify you in your acceptance packet. 


Renewing. Academic scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the scholarship’s requirements. You must be enrolled full-time each quarter and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. 


Presidential Scholarship 

Award Amount: $17,000 

The Presidential Scholarship, DePaul's most prestigious scholarship, is awarded to a select number of our most academically qualified admitted students. For renewal, you must maintain a 3.3 grade point average. 


Deans' Scholarship 

Award Amount: $14,000 - $14,500 

The Deans' Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement as measured by outstanding academic performance. For renewal, you must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. 


DePaul Scholars' Award 

Award Amount: $12,500 - $13,500 

The DePaul Scholars' Award is given to students who have strong academic credentials and have performed above average compared to others in our applicant pool. For renewal, you must maintain a 2.7 grade point average. 


St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship 

Award Amount: $5,500 - $11,000 

The St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship is awarded to students who have performed well in high school and have strong academic credentials. For renewal, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average. 


 Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship 

Award Amount: Varies 

A few Presidential Scholarship recipients with high academic achievement, who also demonstrate financial need, may be chosen as Arthur J. Schmitt scholars. To be considered, Presidential Scholarship recipients are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible beginning January 1 and no later than February 1. These scholarships offer additional educational funding and are awarded in mid-April. 


School of Accountancy and MIS Scholarships 

Award Amount: Varies 

Students intending to major in Accounting or Management Information Systems (MIS) are eligible for the School of Accountancy's four-year renewable scholarships provided by its alumni association, Ledger & Quill, as well as generous alumni and firms. The School of Accountancy will contact candidates for a required interview. Candidates also must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Recipients are required to participate in the Strobel Honors Accounting Program and maintain dean's list standing.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Service and Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships reward students with an exceptional record of community service and are designed to prepare you to for socially responsible leadership.


Applying. If you’re admitted as part of the Early Action Program and have an exceptional record of community service or leadership, we’ll invite you to apply.. Instructions for application will be included in your acceptance packet. You’ll need to select one of the scholarships below, complete the scholarship application and submit all of the required documents by February 1, 2014. You’ll also need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. If you’re a finalist, you’ll be invited to an on-campus interview in March. 


Renewing. Service and leadership scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements listed under each scholarship. You must be enrolled full time each quarter, maintain a 2.7 grade point average and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. 


DePaul Community Service Scholarship 

Award Amount: $8,500 

The Community Service Scholarship (CSS) rewards students who have an exceptional record of community service and are committed to becoming socially engaged leaders as DePaul students and professionals. Recipients are required to declare and complete the Community Service Studies minor, participate in at least 30 hours of community service each quarter, attend quarterly service learning/community engagement workshops, develop an electronic community service portfolio highlighting their experiences, and meet with the program coordinators for advising and mentoring throughout the duration of their commitment to the CSS program. 


To be considered, you must have a record that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to service and social engagement, the ability to integrate service with their academic and professional goals, as well as convey a deep understanding of service and how it relates to community and larger social issues. Learn more.


DePaul Leadership Scholarship 

Award Amount: $8,500 

The DePaul Leadership Scholarship Program is designed to prepare students to act as socially responsible leaders who are dedicated to Vincentian values — including compassion, promoting human dignity and a commitment to social justice. Recipients of this scholarship will engage in leadership development experiences, community service, meaningful reflection and interfaith dialogues. Scholars will maintain supportive relationships with each other and with mentors in the Student Leadership Institute and University Ministry. 


To be considered, you must demonstrate leadership ability, community service experience, a desire to grow spiritually and a commitment to serve the poor and marginalized or address societal concerns. Visit the Student Leadership Institute for more information. 


Monsignor Egan Hope Scholarship 

Award Amount: $17,000 

The Egan Hope Scholarship Program was created to honor Monsignor John Egan’s lifetime work of social activism and community service and is designed to prepare inner-city students from Chicago to continue that work. 


To be considered, you must prove residency within the city of Chicago, graduate from a city of Chicago high school and demonstrate need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must have an exceptional record of social activism, leadership and community service. Recipients are required to commit to social activism, serve as a community leader, fulfill community service projects and participate in events determined by supervisors in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, including sessions with staff for advising, mentoring and assessment.

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships are based on artistic, musical and theatrical ability/potential.


Applying. If you’re a freshman admitted for the Fall Quarter and intend to enroll in one of the academic programs detailed below, you may be considered for a talent scholarship. An audition, interview or portfolio is required.


Renewing. Talent scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements listed under each scholarship. You must be enrolled full time each quarter in the corresponding major, maintain good academic standing and complete a minimum of 36 for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. 


Art Scholarship* 

Award Amount: $2,500 - $5,000 

To be considered, you must be admitted to DePaul as a declared Art, Media and Design major by February 1. The scholarship coordinator must receive your portfolio digitally via email by February 1. Your portfolio should contain 10 digital files as follows: nine digital images (one for each of your artworks) and one digital file with your name and resume. 


Each digital image should be saved as a JPEG file (100 dpi and no larger than 7"-x 5"-inches) and include your name, the title of the work, medium, size (h x w x d) and year completed. For your resume, please include your name and contact information, schools attended, art exhibitions you've participated in, awards you've received and any other art-related activities. If you submit a video file, use Quick Time and title the file using the same guidelines outlined above. Please send the digital files in one email to scholarship@depaul.edu. Submissions emailed as a PowerPoint will not be accepted. 


Music Performance Scholarship 

Award Amount: $3,000 - $16,000 

If you apply to the School of Music by December 1, you’ll automatically be considered for this scholarship once you’ve performed your entrance audition. Auditions are held in February. Scholarship recipients must audition for and perform (as assigned) in School of Music performance ensembles as determined by the ensemble-conducting faculty. (Note: Ensemble participation is separate from the curriculum requirements.) Visit the Music School website to schedule an audition and view audition requirements. 


Theatre Performance Scholarship 

Award Amount: $2,000 - $10,000 

If you apply to the BFA Acting program, you'll automatically be considered once you've completed your application and audition. To be eligible, you must apply to and declare a major in Acting in The Theatre School by January 15. Admission auditions are held November through February. Visit the Theater School website to schedule an audition. 


Theatre Design Scholarship 

Award Amount: $2,000 - $10,000 

If you apply to the BFA Design or Technical program, you'll automatically be considered for this scholarship once you've completed your application and interview (a portfolio review). To be eligible, you must apply to and declare a major in Costume Design, Costume Technology, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Stage Management or Theatre Technology by January 15. Admission interviews are held November through February. Visit the Th​eater School website to schedule an interview. 


Theatre Studies Scholarship 

Award Amount: $2,000 - $10,000 

If you apply to the BFA Theatre Studies program, you'll automatically be considered for this scholarship once you've completed your application and interview (a portfolio review). To be eligible, you must apply to and declare a major in Dramaturgy/Criticism, Playwriting, Theatre Arts or Theatre Management by January 15. Admission interviews are held November through February. Visit the Theater Schoo​l website to schedule an interview. 


* Please note: the Art Scholarship cannot be combined with a service or leadership scholarship.

External Scholarships

Outside of DePaul, many organizations and foundations award scholarships to help with the cost of college. You can find these external scholarships online. FastWeb.com and collegenet.com are good online search options. 


Sample Scholarships 


CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 

Open to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Visit the CEO of Tomorrow website for more information. 


Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in physical, message, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions. Visit the Medicare Supplemental Insurance website for more information. 


MilitaryVALoan Disability Awareness Scholarship 

Open to students who have been accepted to a college program, or any current undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in and attending an institution of higher education. Visit the Military VA Loan website for more information. 


Travel Nursing - Nursing Education Scholarship 

Open to students applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine. Visit the Travel Nursing website for more information. 


Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship 

Open to undocumented students. The scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources and further growth and development for the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. Visit the Illinois Dream Fund website for more information. 


Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship 

Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

Open to graduate upper division undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website​ for more information.


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Transfer Student

Academic Scholarships

​​​​​​​​​​​Academic scholarships are merit-based scholarships based on your previous collegiate academic achievement, as defined by your grade point average. 


(Note: Students admitted into the School of Music, Theatre School and School for New Learning are not eligible for these awards.)


Applying. If you're applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters, you’re automatically considered for our academic scholarships when you submit your application. (Students admitted in the Summer quarter are not eligible for these awards.) There are no separate applications required to be considered for these scholarships. You’re considered for scholarships exclusively based on your cumulative college grade point average from all previously attended colleges and universities. Your high school academic performance will not be taken into consideration. 


DePaul Transfer Scholarship 

Annual Award Amount: $3,000 

The Transfer Scholarship is automatically awarded to students who have a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA from their previous comprehensive college work, in addition to completing at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission and 30 semester (44 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of enrollment at DePaul. 


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship 

Annual Award Amount: $3,000 

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship may be awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society who have a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA from their previous comprehensive college work, in addition to completing at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission and 30 semester (44 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of enrollment at DePaul. For Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship consideration, students must provide proof of membership in one of three ways: 


  • Copy of PTK membership card 
  • Copy of PTK membership certificate 
  • Confirmation of PTK membership noted on official college transcript 

Proof of membership may be submitted via email to transferscholarship@depaul.edu or faxed to (312) 362-5749. 


DAPP Scholarship 

Annual Award Amount: $3,000 

The DAPP Scholarship may be awarded to eligible transfer students who are part of the DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP). To apply you must: 


  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA from your prior college coursework 
  • Have earned at least 30 cumulative semester hours of transfer credit at the time of admission 
  • Demonstrate you will have at least 45 semester hours of credit completed at the time of enrollment at DePaul 
  • Meet the associate’s degree residency requirement at their previous college 
  • File the FAFSA for the academic year in which they intend to enroll at DePaul and have the results sent to DePaul 

Visit the DAPP Scholarship page to learn more. Note that students participating in DAPP are not eligible for the Transfer Scholarship.

External Scholarships

Outside of DePaul, many organizations and foundations award scholarships to help with the cost of college. You can find these external scholarships online. FastWeb.com and collegenet.com are good online search options. 


Sample Scholarships 


AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program 2012 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor movement. Visit the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program website for more information. 


CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 

Open to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Visit the CEO of Tomorrow website for more information. 


Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in physical, message, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions. Visit the Medicare Supplemental Insurance website for more information. 


MilitaryVALoan Disability Awareness Scholarship 

Open to students who have been accepted to a college program, or any current undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in and attending an institution of higher education. Visit the Military VA Loan website for more information. 


Travel Nursing - Nursing Education Scholarship 

Open to students applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine. Visit the Travel Nursing website for more information. 


Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship 

Open to undocumented students. The scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources and further growth and development for the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. Visit the Illinois Dream Fund website for more information. 


Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Ethics Essay Contest 

Open to junior and seniors who submit an essay on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s world. Visit the Elie Wiesel Foundation website for more information. 


Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship 

Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

Open to graduate upper division undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website​ for more information.


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Current/Continuing Student

DePaul Scholarships

There are many opportunities for you to earn scholarships during your time as a DePaul student. College offices, academic departments and the Office of Financial Aid offer hundreds of scholarships. To find out more, contact the college department in which you are enrolled to inquire about scholarship opportunities and our Office of Financial Aid.


Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded based on the need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may complete the FAFSA application online. Please note that completing the FAFSA is not a requirement for all internal or external scholarships, but it can be an instrumental tool in the selection process.


External Scholarships

Outside of DePaul, many organizations and foundations award scholarships to help with the cost of college. You can find these external scholarships online. FastWeb.com and collegenet.com are good online search options. 


Sample Scholarships 


AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program 2012 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor movement. Visit the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program website for more information. 


CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 

Open to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Visit the CEO of Tomorrow website for more information. 


Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in physical, message, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions. Visit the Medicare Supplemental Insurance website for more information. 


MilitaryVALoan Disability Awareness Scholarship 

Open to students who have been accepted to a college program, or any current undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in and attending an institution of higher education. Visit the Military VA Loan website for more information. 


Travel Nursing - Nursing Education Scholarship 

Open to students applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine. Visit the Travel Nursing website for more information. 


Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship 

Open to undocumented students. The scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources and further growth and development for the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. Visit the Illinois Dream Fund website for more information. 


Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Ethics Essay Contest 

Open to junior and seniors who submit an essay on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s world. Visit the Elie Wiesel Foundation website for more information. 


Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship 

Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

Open to graduate upper division undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


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Adult Student

Academic Scholarships

​​​​​​​​​Academic scholarships are merit-based scholarships based on your academic achievement at your previous college or university. There are a variety of scholarships available to you as an adult student in the School for New Learning (SNL). To learn about the application process in more detail, visit the School for New Learning Scholarships page. We also highly recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.


(Note: If you are an adult student who has applied to or enrolled in one of our traditional (non-SNL) academic programs, please see the Transfer Student section of this page for appropriate scholarship opportunities.)


Applying. If you're applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters to the School for New Learning, you’re automatically considered for academic and merit-based scholarships when you submit your application. (Students admitted in the Summer quarter are not eligible for these awards.) Depending on your academic achievement and which program you are enrolling, you may be considered for the following scholarships:


Accelerated Adult Degree Completing Program Scholarships 
Award Amount: $12,000 over two years 
This award is available to students admitted into one of DePaul’s Accelerated Adult Degree Completion programs. It is applied to tuition over the two-year schedule of your classes at DePaul. Please note that you must have earned an associate’s degree to be granted admission into an Accelerated Adult Degree Completion program and be considered for this scholarship. 

For more information, please contact adultenrollment@depaul.edu or call (312) 362-6330. 

School for New Learning (SNL) Student Scholarships 
Award Amount: $3,000 annually 
SNL scholarships are awarded to adult students entering the School for New Learning exclusively based on their cumulative college grade point average from their most recently attended institution. Visit the School for New Learning Scholarships page for more information.

External Scholarships

Outside of DePaul, many organizations and foundations award scholarships to help with the cost of college. You can find these external scholarships online. FastWeb.com and collegenet.com are good online search options. 


Sample Scholarships 


AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program 2012 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor movement. Visit the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program website for more information. 


CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 

Open to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Visit the CEO of Tomorrow website for more information. 


Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in physical, message, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions. Visit the Medicare Supplemental Insurance website for more information. 


MilitaryVALoan Disability Awareness Scholarship 

Open to students who have been accepted to a college program, or any current undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in and attending an institution of higher education. Visit the Military VA Loan website for more information. 


Travel Nursing - Nursing Education Scholarship 

Open to students applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine. Visit the Travel Nursing website for more information. 


Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship 

Open to undocumented students. The scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources and further growth and development for the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. Visit the Illinois Dream Fund website for more information. 


Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Ethics Essay Contest 

Open to junior and seniors who submit an essay on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s world. Visit the Elie Wiesel Foundation website for more information. 


Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship 

Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

Open to graduate upper division undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


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Graduate Student

DePaul Scholarships

Once you’ve been admitted or have enrolled in your graduate program, you will be considered for internal scholarships from DePaul. For more information, contact the program to which you have been admitted.


External Scholarships

Outside of DePaul, many organizations and foundations award scholarships to help with the cost of college. You can find these external scholarships online. FastWeb.com and collegenet.com are good online search options. 


Sample Scholarships 


CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 

Open to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Visit the CEO of Tomorrow website for more information. 


Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship 

Open to students who demonstrate interest in physical, message, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions. Visit the Medicare Supplemental Insurance website for more information. 


MilitaryVALoan Disability Awareness Scholarship 

Open to students who have been accepted to a college program, or any current undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in and attending an institution of higher education. Visit the Military VA Loan website for more information. 


Travel Nursing - Nursing Education Scholarship 

Open to students applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine. Visit the Travel Nursing website for more information. 


Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship 

Open to undocumented students. The scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources and further growth and development for the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. Visit the Illinois Dream Fund website for more information. 


Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship 

Open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

Open to graduate upper division undergraduate students enrolled at full-time and preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Visit the Government Finance Officers Association website for more information.


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Law Student

DePaul Scholarships

Once you’ve been admitted to the College of Law, you’re automatically considered for DePaul administered scholarships based upon your achievements, personal qualities and potential to contribute to the DePaul law community. Law scholarships range from a few thousand dollars to $30,000 per year. We do not award any full-tuition scholarships. 


To help with the cost of your education, we strongly encourage you to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. We also recommend searching and applying for external scholarships. 


For more information about federal student loans, contact DePaul Central​.


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Alumni

Double Demon Scholarship

This scholarship is available to DePaul alumni seeking a graduate degree or select certificate* from DePaul. This scholarship covers 25 percent of the tuition for a master’s degree or a select certificate program*. 


Applying. Alumni from any of DePaul’s colleges who are admitted into a graduate degree program or a select certificate program* automatically qualify for the Double Demon Scholarship. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. No scholarship application is required; all alumni admitted to these programs beginning with the winter quarter of 2014 or thereafter qualify.
This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. 


Contact the admission office for your college of interest​ to learn more. 


(Note: DePaul University employees are eligible for other employee tuition benefits through the university and are not eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship.) 


*Scholarship does not apply to all certificate programs. Please contact your college admissions offices for more information.

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