DePaul Community Service Scholarship Application

The deadline for application submission online must be no later than May 1st, 2024 at 11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time.

The Community Service Scholarship is awarded to current freshmen students (rising sophomores for the fall quarter of 2024) who have an exceptional record of community service and are committed to becoming socially engaged leaders as DePaul students and professionals. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7, 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 community engagement as exemplified by their previous service record, ability to integrate community-based service learning with their academic and professional goals, as well as convey a deep understanding of social justice movement and how it relates to service and the larger Chicagoland community.

As financial need is a consideration, we strongly encourage you to file the 2024-2025 FAFSA, if applicable.

The Irwin W. Steans Center
Supplemental Questions
  1. Will you be a sophomore (at least 44 but less than 88 quarter hours) at the start of the 2024-2025 academic year?
  2. Do you plan on filing a FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year?
  3. If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA, have you completed other paperwork to evaluate your financial need at DePaul? If you are eligible to submit the FAFSA, please answer "N/A" (not applicable)
  4. Describe a personal experience, story, or issue that sparked your interest in social justice and community service. How has this experience influenced your perspective and your desire to engage in community work?
  5. How do you plan to incorporate the experiences and skills you gain from the Community Service Scholars program into your future academic and professional pursuits? Discuss how the program’s focus on service learning and social justice can contribute to your personal growth and career objectives.
  6. Identify a community-based organization (CBO) in Chicago that aligns with your passions and career aspirations. Why do you feel drawn to this organization, and how do you envision your involvement with them could make a meaningful impact?
  7. Please upload your resume where it lists and describes any extra-curricular activities you were involved in, the positions you held, and length of involvement.
  8. Is there any additional information you would like us to know about your application?
  9. Scholarship Connect Student Consent
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