DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry > Scholarships, Grants & Awards > Vincentian Assistance Fund
In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, the Vincentian Assistance Fund (VAF) was established by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Priests and Brothers) to provide short-term, emergency financial support to DePaul students, faculty, and staff. This expression of Vincentian personalism honors the dignity of our DePaul community members who find themselves in times of crisis, and we hope it reminds them that they have a whole DePaul community around them that they can look to for support. Recipients of the VAF are not required to pay back what they receive, but they are asked to find a small way in which to “pay it forward” by doing something kind or charitable for others. Please contact
Alice Farrell with any questions. To support others by donating to the Vincentian Assistance Fund,
please click here.
UPDATE: September 2, 2020
Due to an unprecedented number of requests throughout the pandemic, Mission and Ministry has exhausted all of its resources in the Vincentian Assistance Fund (VAF) for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The VAF will not reopen until July 2021.
We encourage students facing financial hardship to reach out to the Dean of Students Office regarding the Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF). Any additional efforts by DePaul University to raise money for students facing emergency financial situations in 2020-2021 will concentrate on raising funds for the SEAF. Beyond the SEAF, the Dean of Students Office is best suited to connect students with other resources that may be able to alleviate some of their hardship.