Open Arms Endowed Scholarship

The Open Arms Scholarship will provide financial assistance to outstanding students who qualify. Students must be foreign nationals living in the U.S. with Refugee, Asylee, Asylum seeker, or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), already be admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to study at DePaul.

Eligibility: an applicant must meet the following requirements. Applicant must be:

  1. Accepted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at DePaul University
  2. Able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to study at DePaul University
  3. A foreign national living the U.S. in one of the following immigration categories:
  • Refugee status, documented through a recognized government
  • Asylee, granted asylum in the U.S.
  • Asylum seeker, with case pending with the U.S. government
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder living in the U .S.

Note: U.S citizens and Permanent Residents (green card holders) are not eligible for this scholarship


  • Refugee – an individual already in the United States forced to flee their home country due to a well- founded fear of persecution (because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion) and officially recognized as a refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • Asylee – an individual already present in the United States and who has received official recognition as such by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) due to their persecution in their home country.
  • Asylum Seeker – an individual already present in the United States who has filed an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking official recognition as an
    asylee. Individual must already have filed an application with USCIS to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – an individual already present in the United States and provided official temporary immigration status by the U.S. government in recognition for being a national of a country experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for the individual.

Office of Financial Aid
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident?
  2. How long have you been in the US? (Years)
  3. Immigration Status
    • Please select the status that you currently identify as:
    • Please upload the required document mentioned above corresponding to your current immigration status
  4. Using English and no more than 1,000 words, submit an essay addressing ONE of three following questions: 1. If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why? 2. What difficulties do you face in paying for your college education? 3. How do you think your current field of study or intended profession advances the spirt of the Vincentian commitment to social justice? For example, in what ways do you see yourself engage in community, civic, or leadership activities that help different communities both locally and worldwide?