The Beeson, Canning and Mazza Big Shoulders Scholarships

The Beeson, Canning and Mazza Big Shoulder Fund Scholarships support highly promising seniors from Chicago Big Shoulders High Schools as well as Big Shoulders Fund and Mazza Scholars in meeting their academic and personal goals.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Graduating senior from a Big Shoulders High School or a Big Shoulders Fund or Mazza Scholar Recipient
  • High school G.P.A. of 2.7 (*Your high school transcript is necessary in the decision making process and will be provided by DePaul University’s Office of Admissions to review along with your application.)
  • Admitted and enrolled as a full-time student at DePaul University
  • Demonstrate financial need by having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Financial Aid at DePaul University.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice
  • Satisfactory completion of essay questions
  • Agree to participate as a S.T.A.R.S. peer mentee as a freshman
  • First generation college students are encouraged to apply

In an effort to provide support to our students at DePaul University, the Office of Multicultural Student Success is committed to providing academic assistance through our Academic Progress Reports. This consists of the monitoring of your progress at each midterm period and at the end of each quarter along with one on one advisory check-ins.

If you are awarded any of these scholarships, the Office of Multicultural Student Success will request information from your professors regarding your academic progress.

In addition, by completing the application for this scholarship you are authorizing the Office of Multicultural Student Success and the scholarship foundations to review your financial and academic records in order to assess your application.

Please direct ALL QUESTIONS regarding these scholarships:
Kevin Collins • Coordinator
Office of Multicultural Student Success
PHONE: 773-325-7325

Supplemental Questions
  1. Big Shoulders High Schools
    • If you are a graduating senior from one of the following high schools, please select it.
    • If you did not attend one of these schools, did you attend a Chicago Archdiocesan Catholic High School? If yes, please list you high school.
  2. Are you a current Big Shoulders Fund Scholar?
  3. Are you a current Mazza Scholar Recipient?
  4. Will you be enrolled as a full-time student at DePaul University for the Fall term 2019-2020?
  5. Are you willing to participate as a S.T.A.R.S. peer mentee as a freshman?
  6. Please discuss with the scholarship committee your demonstrated leadership skills.
  7. Please describe to the scholarship committee your knowledge of and commitment to social justice.
  8. Reflecting on DePaul's Urban, Catholic, and Vincentian mission, please describe why it was important for you to attend DePaul University and what this college experience means to you.
  9. 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.
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