Francisco Valencia Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students who demonstrate an interest and commitment to service and leadership, possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and demonstrate financial need.

The Francisco Valencia Scholarship was created to provide scholarship support to a student who has given back to both their DePaul and neighborhood community. Throughout his life, “Frankie” was committed to social justice and service that made a difference in the lives of young people throughout the city of Chicago. In his four years at DePaul, he served as a Chicago Quarter Mentor, a STARS Peer Mentor, a Jumpstart Corps member, a Hoops and Hopes volunteer, a DCSA trip leader, a VOICES Intern, a Resident Advisor, and a student employee with the Men of Color initiative. Just a few days after he was awarded the Lincoln Laureate Award and served as the student keynote speaker at the Diversity Brunch during Family Weekend 2009, Frankie met an untimely death due to senseless gun violence. The Francisco Valencia Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of this phenomenal young man who gave of himself for the benefit of others and was committed to changing the world. This one-time, non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to one student who displays the commitment to service and leadership that reflects the legacy of Francisco Valencia.


  • Demonstrate a commitment to service and student involvement
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Be active in the community
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be full-time at DePaul and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the Winter quarter

All applications must be submitted online by February 21, 2024 at 11:59:59 pm CST. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.


By completing the application for this scholarship you are authorizing the Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Francisco Valencia Scholarship Review Committee to review your financial and academic records in order to assess your application.

This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship award. Scholarship decisions will be completed and finalized by March 1, 2024.

Please direct ALL QUESTIONS regarding this scholarship to:
Gustavo Licon • Assistant Director
Office of Multicultural Student Success
PHONE: 773-325-2855

Office of Multicultural Student Success, Student Affairs
Supplemental Questions
  1. OMSS Affiliation - I Am (Check All That Apply):
  2. How will you, like Francisco Valencia, work toward changing the world and promote social justice through activist activities? Be sure to include past and present activist activities in your local communities.
  3. Please upload a one page resume summarizing your employment record, leadership activities, and other information pertinent to the application.
  4. Please list your Extracurricular Involvement, including your activities in civil, social, service, military, and/or honor societies. Please list the position that you held (i.e., President, Member, other) as well as the length of your involvement i.e. number of quarters and/or years.