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Announcing the State Scholar Plus scholarship program

Assistance for high-achieving students nationwide to earn a private university education at an attainable cost

St. Vincent's Circle at DePaul University
St. Vincent's Circle, adjacent to Richardson Library, is a favorite gathering spot on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. (DePaul University/Josh Woo)
DePaul is launching the State Scholar Plus scholarship program for qualifying high school graduates who are entering college for the first time in fall 2021. State Scholar Plus provides qualified students up to $100,000 in scholarship funds over four consecutive years of undergraduate studies.

“In a time when families are increasingly burdened by financial strain, DePaul is introducing the State Scholar Plus scholarship to make it easier for high-achieving students to study at a private university where faculty members are dedicated to teaching and providing real-world experiences for their students,” President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., says. “State Scholar Plus adds to DePaul’s collection of scholarships that place a high-quality, values-driven education within reach.”

Students must rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and earn a 3.75 or higher graduating GPA to qualify for the State Scholar Plus scholarship. In order to receive the full value of the $100,000 scholarship over four consecutive years ($25,000/year) of undergraduate study, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree at DePaul for all four years.

A completed Common Application must be submitted no later than Nov. 15, DePaul’s early action plan deadline. Admission and scholarship decisions will be communicated no later than Dec. 15 to these applicants.

“The program is designed to make DePaul, the largest Catholic university in the country and largest private university in the Midwest, as affordable as it would be to attend the flagship public university in Illinois,” says Soumitra Ghosh, Ph.D., vice president of Enrollment Management.

“State Scholar Plus is true to DePaul’s institutional mission. We have a longstanding commitment to providing students from all backgrounds access to a high-quality education,” Ghosh says, adding this new scholarship is available to qualified students from all 50 states.

Additional information about DePaul’s new State Scholar Plus scholarship program is online​.