Paragon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

Paragon Marketing Group, LLC (“Paragon”) is once again partnering with DePaul to offer a scholarship to a student
enrolled in a business focused or communications focused degree program, who exhibit strong leadership and a
commitment to diversity and inclusion. To qualify for the Paragon’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“PDEI”)
Scholarship students must demonstrate a commitment to academics, leadership, and diversity as it relates to their
interests in marketing, sponsorship, advertising and/or communications.

The scholarship will be awarded starting in May 2024 to four candidates (one at each of the partner schools)
with the money going towards tuition for fall 2024.
This scholarship will not only provide students with financial
aid, but it will be a path to launch their career in the sports and entertainment industry through mentorship, guidance,
and job opportunities.

● Applicants must be enrolled in a major and/or minor related to business, advertising, marketing or
Given the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for a summer internship with Paragon, preference
will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the sports and
entertainment industry.

● Must be a current Undergraduate student at the Freshman, Sophomore or Junior level who has
completed at least one quarter at DePaul at the time of application.

● Must demonstrate a commitment to values of diversity and inclusion
● Must exhibit and consistently demonstrate strong leadership abilities and upstanding character

● Tuition Assistance: Scholarship recipient will receive a one-time $2,500 award
● Mentorship Program: Scholarship recipient will have access to the Paragon Mentorship Program. Student
will have the opportunity to receive guidance and speak one-on-one with Paragon employees to build
relationships and expand knowledge
● Event Volunteer Opportunities: Scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to volunteer for one
Paragon-planned event per school year to gain on-site work experience
● Job Search Support: Scholarship recipient will receive guidance regarding finding jobs during college career
(internships, full-time positions)
● Additional Professional Benefits:
○ Opportunity to become part of the PDEI Scholarship alumni network upon graduation
○ Automatic consideration for Paragon Marketing Group’s Summer internship positions to build their

YEAR 1 (After Freshman Year): Consideration as a candidate for a Summer In-Office Intern position
YEAR 2 (After Sophomore Year): Consideration as a candidate for a Summer In-Office Intern position
YEAR 3 (After Junior Year): Consideration as a candidate for a Summer Travel Intern position
YEAR 4 (Graduate): Consideration as a candidate for a Full-time position

The application will be open until April 10th, 2024 at 11:59:59 pm Central Standard Time. Recipients are expected to
be announced in late April. Interested students can request more information by reaching out to Donyiel Crocker,
Associate Director, Employer Engagement, Career Center at

Supplemental Questions
  1. What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
  2. What are your future career goals? How would this opportunity help you achieve those goals?
  3. Describe a time when you took initiative to solve a problem or issue.
  4. Scholarship Connect Student Consent
    • A) Consent Statement

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