Frederic Ozanam Scholarship Application

Scholarship Information:
The Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship, begun in the fall of 2004, provides a scholarship for students pursuing graduate studies at DePaul University. Recipients of the program have demonstrated their commitment to leading lives of service inspired by Sts. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. The Division of Mission and Ministry looks for candidates who have completed at least one post-graduate volunteer program (AmeriCorps, Vincentian Post-Grad Volunteer, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, etc.) and who continue to promote justice and serve those on the margins.

The Ozanam Scholarship is a non-tuition restricted award that can be applied towards tuition and fees charged to students’ tuition accounts. The scholarship is a flat-rate award that is set each year depending on the tuition rates set by the University. For the 2024-2025 Academic Year, we are currently projecting that flat-rate amount to be $6,448 per quarter or $19,344 for the full year. This is a projection and will be finalized when the official tuition rate is established in spring 2024. While not expected, Ozanam Scholars may have the opportunity to take courses during the Summer Quarter, beginning the summer after their first year in the program. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years contingent on adequate progress toward degree completion and meeting program expectations which can be found on the Mission and Ministry website here. Please note that degrees stemming from the College of Law and doctoral programs are not covered by the Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program.

Application Information:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All references must be submitted by the close of the application cycle.

In addition to biographical and essay questions, applicants should expect to submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page, up-to-date résumé
  2. The contact information for their Post-Graduate Volunteer Program
  3. The contact information for two references that are not related to the applicant

In their essay prompts, top applicants will be able to articulate 1) what is the Vincentian Tradition and how it relates to their personal and professional life, and 2) how their intended degree of study at DePaul is connected to and will help solve the social issue that matters to them. For more information on the Vincentian Tradition, here are some recommended resources:

  1. “The Name above the Door” YouTube video
  2. “St. Vincent de Paul, A Person of the 17th Century, a Person for the 21st Century” YouTube video
  3. “All Things Vincentian” page on the Mission and Ministry website
  4. The Vincentian Heritage Journal
  5. FamVin, an international collection of Vincentian resources

Additional notes:

  • This award is a non-tuition restricted award and in some cases can be used in conjunction with other tuition-restricted university discounts, scholarships, waivers, or grants. Please contact the Division of Mission & Ministry Scholarship Manager, Alice Farrell, ( if you have questions about how this award may impact your overall financial aid.
  • An email will be sent to the addresses that you provide informing your references of the request. Once your reference logs into Scholarship Connect, he or she will be able to provide the reference online. It is your responsibility to monitor your reference requests. You may click on “Manage Your References” on the “Home” page in the “Applications” box.
    *For the 2024-2025 Academic Year, we are currently projecting that flat-rate amount of the Ozanam award will be $6,448 per quarter or $19,344 for the full year. This amount is only a projection and will not be finalized until March or April 2024.

Amount Varies
Division of Mission and Ministry
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you currently or have you ever performed post graduate public service as a community volunteer. (Vincentian, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc)
  2. Post-Graduate Volunteer Service
    • In up to 50 words, please describe your Post-Graduate Volunteer Service Program including location and the activities you performed.
    • Please provide the full name address, phone number, email address and full name of your Post-Graduate Volunteer Serice Program Coordinator/Supervisor
  3. College or University you previously attended.
    • Area of study
    • Please provide the name of the the College or University you previously attended.
    • Type of degree awarded (Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Science, etc)
  4. What is your current/intended area of graduate studies at DePaul University?
  5. Please upload a one page resume summarizing your employment record, leadership activities, and other information pertinent to the application.
  6. Please provide the name and email address of someone who can comment on your contribution to your community.
  7. Please provide the name and email address of a second someone who can comment on your contribution to your community.
  8. Please list some the more recent (within the last three years) organizations you have been affiliated with that serve those on the margins and/or promote social justice.
  9. Using a Vincentian lens, please describe your commitment to service and social justice in your personal and professional life.
  10. Please describe a social issue (local, national, or global) you have dealt with or plan to address in your professional career. How you see yourself using your DePaul education to explore additional solutions to this issue?
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