Service and Leadership Scholarships

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

If you're admitted as part of the Early Action Program and have an exceptional record of community service or leadership, we invite you to apply to one service or leadership scholarship that is listed below. The priority deadline for scholarship applications is December 1, 2016. The final deadline for scholarship applications is February 1, 2017. No scholarship applications will be considered after February 1, 2017. You'll also need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who file a FAFSA will receive a financial aid package after their scholarship application is reviewed and they are notified of their scholarship decision. If you're a finalist, you'll be invited to an on-campus interview held between December and March. Application instructions are detailed below.

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 participation in social justice initiatives. Recipients are required to declare and complete the community service studies academic minor, participate in at least 30 hours of community service each quarter, attend quarterly service learning/community engagement workshops, and meet with the program coordinators for advising and mentoring throughout the duration of their commitment to the CSS program. 
To be considered, students must demonstrate an exceptional commitment to social justice and social engagement as exemplified by their previous service record, commitment to exploring the integration of community engagement with their academic and professional goals, as well as convey a deep understanding of social justice and how it relates to community service and larger social issues. Visit the Steans Center website for more information.
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, spiritual retreats, meaningful reflection and interfaith dialogues. Scholars will maintain supportive relationships with each other and with mentors in 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 and address societal concerns. Visit the Division of Student Affairs for more information.
Monsignor Egan Hope Scholarship 
Award Amount: $12,000 - $18,000
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.
Mazza Scholarship
Award Amount: $10,000
The Mazza Foundation Scholarship supports highly promising seniors from Chicago Big Shoulders High Schools or Mazza Scholars in meeting their academic and personal goals. 
To be considered, you must be from a Big Shoulders High School or a current Mazza Scholar with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. In addition, need must be demonstrated as determined by the FAFSA. Applicants must have leadership skills as well as a commitment to social justice. Recipients are required to participate in events determined by supervisors in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, including participation as a S.T.A.R.S. (Students Together Are Reaching Success) peer mentee.
Canning Scholarship
Award Amount: $10,000
The Rita and John Canning Scholarship supports highly promising seniors from Chicago Big Shoulders High Schools or Big Shoulders Fund Scholars in meeting their academic and personal goals. 
To be considered, you must be from a Big Shoulders High School or a current Big Shoulders Fund Scholar with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. In addition, need must be demonstrated as determined by the FAFSA. Applicants must have leadership skills as well as a commitment to social justice. Recipients are required to participate in events determined by supervisors in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, including participating as a S.T.A.R.S. (Students Together Are Reaching Success) peer mentee.
Beeson Scholarship
Award Amount: $10,000
The Beeson Scholarship is awarded to incoming traditional freshman students. The scholarship was created to support highly promising seniors from Chicago Catholic High Schools in meeting their academic and personal goals. 
To be considered, you must be from a Chicago-area Catholic High School with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. In addition, need must be demonstrated as determined by the FAFSA. Applicants must have leadership skills as well as a commitment to social justice. 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.
Schmitt Scholarship
Award Amount: $21,000
The Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship supports a select group of young women and men who represent a rich diversity of students throughout the United States. Each recipient has exceptional intellectual ability, leadership potential, and a dedication to social activism and community service.
To be considered, applicants must be a Presidential scholarship recipient. The Schmitt Scholarship has a total value of $84,000.  $21,000 applies toward the recipient’s tuition each academic year for up to four consecutive years (twelve quarters) of full-time undergraduate enrollment at DePaul.  The Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship replaces the academic scholarship the recipient was previously awarded.

Application Instructions

Each community service or leadership scholarship requires a complete scholarship application consisting of a resume outlining your extracurricular activities and responses to the essay questions pertaining to the scholarship for which you have chosen to apply. Note that each response cannot exceed 250 words per essay question. All applications and documents are due by February 1, 2017. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you're admitted to allow additional review of your application. Please apply for only one scholarship.
  1. Go to depaul.academicworks.com​
  2. Login using your Campus Connect user ID and password.
  3. The first page will be the "General Application." Please read all of the instructions and fill out the application. Note: questions with a gray asterisk are required.
  4. Once you have completed the "General Application," the service and leadership scholarship opportunities for which you can apply will be listed. You may apply for only one of these scholarships. Please click on that opportunity for specific instructions on completing the application process.
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