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DePaul University Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program

Scholarship Description:
The Office of Mission & Values’ Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program, begun in the fall of 2004, provides full-time graduate tuition for students who have shown their commitment to leading lives of service inspired by Sts. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Blessed Frederic Ozanam. The Office of Mission and Values looks for candidates who are immersed in the Vincentian tradition and live out that charism, strive for social justice in their work and seeking educational opportunities to further their commitment to serve those on the margins. Scholarship recipients promote the Vincentian mission through serving the Chicago and DePaul communities.

The scholarship covers a maximum of two graduate courses each academic quarter, or a total of six courses for the entire academic year.  Scholarships are renewable for up to three years contingent on adequate progress toward degree completion and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. Please note that doctorate level program tuition costs are not covered by the Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program.

Selection Criteria:

To be eligible for the Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program, applicants must be actively engaged in the work of the Vincentian community as a former Vincentian volunteer, post-graduate volunteer or has been involved with advancing the Vincentian mission during their academic or professional career. In addition, applicants must be accepted, pending acceptance or enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at DePaul.
Recipients will be selected according to the strength of their applications, including the extent to which they adequately address each of the topic areas described on the application form.  In addition, scholarship recipients must be accepted into a graduate program at DePaul University on their own merits.  The scholarship award will only take effect once the applicant is admitted to a graduate program.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Possess and maintain a cumulative and a quarterly GPA of at least 3.0 or higher
    Important Note: Failure to meet this requirement results in forfeiture of the award in the next academic quarter. Failure to meet this requirement for two consecutive quarters results in permanent forfeiture of the award.
  • Commit to engaging in approximately 8-10 hours of weekly service, 80-100 hours per quarter or 240-300 hours of service throughout the academic year.
    Important Note: The Office of Mission and Values does not provide you with a service site placement. Instead, you are welcome to select a service site or sites that align with your personal, academic and/or professional interests as we understand many of you have close ties to certain organizations and causes. If you are in need of assistance finding a service site, the Office of Mission and Values Scholarship Coordinator can provide you with resources. 
  • Participate in Mission and Values’ Meet Me at the Mission programming
  • Attend Mission and Values sponsored lectures, events or educational programs
  • Maintain regular communication and contact with the Office of Mission and Values Scholarship Coordinator

Application Information:
Information on the 2017 application cycle for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be posted in January, 2017. 

The recipients of the Ozanam Scholarship are men and women who have shown their commitment to leading lives of service inspired by St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam. To be eligible for an Ozanam Scholarship, applicants must be actively engaged in the work of the Vincentian community as a former Vincentian Volunteer or similar role and be enrolled or accepted in a graduate or professional degree program at DePaul. Applicants must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a narrative describing their commitment to justice and service in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Once accepted to the program, scholars must commit to eight weekly hours of service work to the wider Chicago community.

Current Scholars:

​Elisabet Barrios

​M.P.A. in Public Administration: Metro Planning and Urban Affairs, School of Public Service

Luke Greene

​M.B.A. in Business Administration: Sustainable Management, Kelstadt Graduate School of Business

Jeanette Lesenko

​M.Ed. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College of Education