May Experiential Learning- Study Away/ Abroad Scholarship

The Cathy May Student Scholarship was established to support DePaul University undergraduate Political Science students. This program awards $2,000 in financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students. This award amount may be exceeded in the case of exceptional applicants. The funds that support this student scholarship were set up in memory of our esteemed colleague and friend, Cathy May, who studied in the Department of Political Science as an undergraduate in the early 1980s and later returned as a faculty member and taught in the Department for over 20 years.

Cathy embodied all that is best with DePaul. A dedicated professor, she was widely known as one of the most enthusiastic, thoughtful, and caring educators on campus. Her approachability and authenticity consistently made her one of our highest rated faculty members. When Cathy turned 50, she gathered donations to create a fund to help students. This fund provided money for internship stipends, study abroad fees, and basic expenses such as rent or books. It was this example that prompted her colleagues to set up two scholarship funds (the Cathy R. May Endowed Fund and the Cathy R. May Experiential Fund) to carry on Cathy’s work.

All proceeds from these funds will go to political science students with financial need. Priority is given to students seeking financial support for an unpaid internship or a Study Abroad program. Financial support for other needs – including books, travel, fees, independent study projects or other education related expenses – will also be given consideration.

All awards are issued as scholarships to the student’s tuition account and are treated as financial aid. Please speak with Student Accounts to confirm what impact this will have on your tuition account and how money will be disbursed if there are no current tuition charges.

For those applying for internship support or Study Abroad, funding will be contingent upon being accepted into the program or getting an internship. Students can combine an award from the Cathy May fund with other scholarships, but preference will be given to those who are not receiving funds from another source and who demonstrate the greatest financial need.

Students who are participating in a non-DePaul Study Abroad/Study Away are required to register international and non-local domestic overnight travel in the Global Engagement Travel Registration database. Again, these are for programs that are not routing through DePaul study abroad. Awards will not be applied to student financial aid accounts until registration is finalized.
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Supplemental Questions
  1. For the questions below, write in clear, concise prose. Your response should be well-organized and free of error. Be concrete. Go beyond general statements such as ‘I seek to study in Paris in order to learn about French culture’ or ‘I wish to participate in the DC program to gain knowledge about politics.’ Explain in detail what you expect to do and learn as well as how this learning fits in your overall trajectory. Describe the pertinent details of your proposed program. Do not assume that the selection committee is familiar with your study abroad program. You might want to describe classes that you will take as well as extracurricular opportunities the program offers. It is important that you explain how the specific activities of your program are relevant to your past experiences and future goals. Tell us what comes next. The selection committee will want to learn about your plans after the completion of your proposed program. Briefly explain how you intend to build on the knowledge and experience that you will gain. Toward that end, you might talk about courses you will take, extracurricular opportunities you will pursue, or post-DePaul plans. Please initial below to show that you read this and understand.
  2. Name of the study abroad program to which you are applying?
  3. Please describe the status of your application very briefly. Are you in the process of applying? Have you already been accepted or committed to participate?
  4. Program Dates?
  5. Name of program sponsor (DePaul or another university/organization)? If another university/organization, please answer the next question, as well.
  6. Students participating in a non-DePaul Study Abroad/Study Away are required to register international and non-local domestic overnight travel for DePaul purposes in the Global Engagement Travel Registration database. Please confirm you understand and will adhere to this requirement by typing your initials.
  7. Does your study abroad/study away have class(es) that take place prior to the trip? If so, in what quarter do the class(es) take place? For example, if you are traveling in summer 2023, are you taking a class for that trip in spring quarter 2023.
  8. How does the program build on your previous experiences inside and outside the classroom? Please ensure your response is detailed.
  9. How will this experience help you achieve your future academic and professional goals? Please ensure your response is detailed.
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