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DePaul Announces the “Open Arms Scholarship” for displaced students

​​​​​​​A core component of DePaul’s mission is to compassionately uphold the dignity of all members of our diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community.  With this in mind, the Open Arms Scholarship provides financial assistance to a few outstanding students who qualify.  Students must be a foreign nation​al living in the U.S. with Refugee, Asylee, Asylum seeker, or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), already be admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to study at DePaul. 


To apply, students must submit an application form along with supporting materials to globalengagement@depaul.edu by November 21,​ 2023

Open Arms Scholarship Form - Fillable_updated.logocenter.docx​​

Eligibility: an applicant must meet the following requirements.  Applicant must be:
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at DePaul University
  • Able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to study at DePaul University
  • A foreign national living in the U.S. in one of the following immigration categories:
    • ​Refugee status, documented through a recognized government
    • Asylee, granted asylum in the U.S.
    • Asylum seeker,  with case pending with the U.S. government
    • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder living in the U.S.
      • ​Note: U.S citizens and Permanent Residents (green card holders) are not eligible for this scholarship.​
Scholarship Awards:  Selected students will receive the following:
  • Tuition to cover all existing needs for an academic year, once all other existing scholarships and aid have been taken into account.
Terminology
  • Refugee – an individual already in the United States forced to flee their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution (because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion) and officially recognized as a refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • Asylee – an individual already present in the United States and who has received official recognition as such by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) due to their persecution in their home country.
  • Asylum Seeker – an individual already present in the United States who has filed an application with th​​e U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking official recognition as an asylee.  Individual must already have filed an application with USCIS to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – an individual already present in the United States and provided official temporary immigration status by the U.S. government in recognition for being a national of a country experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for the​​ individual.