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Scholarships

​Scholarships include: the Community Service Scholarship, the Richard J. Meister Scholarship, and the John E. Brennan Memorial Endowed Award.

The Community Service Scholarship

CSS Students participate in the annual Friendsgiving Event
CSS Students participate in a reflection activity on the meaning of gratitude at the annual CSS Friendsgiving event.

The Community Service Scholarship at DePaul University is a three-year program that involves students in increasing levels of sophistication in service learning and activism. Current freshman who have exceptional records of community involvement in high school or who have participated in programs at community-based organizations are highly encouraged to apply. Twenty-five students are selected annually to receive $6,000 per year for three years of continuous enrollment.

Community Service Scholars take on a large commitment starting in their sophomore year. Scholars are required to complete 30 service hours every quarter with community partners of the Steans Center. Scholars are also required to maintain a 2.7 GPA, complete the Community Service Studies academic minor and attend quarterly workshops focused on topics related to service learning. Scholars maintain an electronic portfolio that displays their progress and achievements throughout their time in the CSS Program.

Performance artist and Theatre School faculty member Dr. Laura Biagi leads a reflection activity for CSS.
Performance artist and Theatre School faculty member Dr. Laura Biagi leads a reflection activity for CSS students.

The Community Service Scholarship attracts a wide array of students and comprises a strong representation of the missions of both DePaul and the Steans Center. All Scholars are working toward a goal of social justice while transcending differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, politics, citizenship status, and career goals.



Richard J. and Joan M. Meister Scholarship

Meister Scholarship recipient Bevon Joseph gives a presentation on his non-profit, The Greenwood Project, at the 2018 Service Speaks Symposium.
Meister Scholarship recipient Bevon Joseph gives a presentation on his non-profit, The Greenwood Project, at the 2018 Service Speaks Symposium.

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University invites current DePaul students to apply for the Richard J. and Joan M. Meister Scholarship. The Meister Scholarship is an award of $1,500 for DePaul University students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

All DePaul students are eligible, with special consideration for students ages 25 and older. The Meister scholarship lies in the tradition of DePaul scholars who critically reflect on societal issues and problem solving methods to achieve societal goals and engage in service within the local and/or global community, and encourages students to continue doing so throughout their lives.

Deadline for applications: TBA


John E. Brennan Memorial Endowed Award

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University invites current DePaul students to apply for the John E. Brennan Memorial Endowed Award. During academic year 2020–2021, the Steans Center will make two Brennan Awards in the amount of $743 per student. All DePaul undergraduate students are eligible, with special consideration for students in the Richard H. Driehaus College of Business.

Deadline for applications: TBA