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, you maybe eligible to apply to one of the service or leadership scholarships that are listed below. Please take note of each scholarship's deadline, listed below. 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. 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.

Monsignor Egan Hope Scholarship 
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
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
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
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
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
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
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
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
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
Award Amount: Varies, up to full tuition

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. 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.