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DePaul University Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program

The 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 Division of Mission and Ministry looks for candidates who have completed at least one post-graduate volunteer program and who seek to continue to promote justice and serve those on the margins. Please Contact Michael Van Dorpe at with questions or inquiries related to the Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Program. 

Scholarship Details

The Ozanam Scholarship is designed for students pursuing Master’s Degrees at DePaul University. The scholarship cannot be used for Undergraduate degrees, degrees in the College of Law, nor doctoral programs at DePaul.

The Ozanam Scholarship is a non-tuition restricted award that can be applied towards tuition and fees charged to students’ tuition accounts. The scholarship is a flat-rate award that is set each year depending on the tuition rates set by the University. The flat-rate is intended to cover the tuition costs and fees for a student enrolled in 8 credit hours per quarter (full-time) in a majority of the Colleges at DePaul. Students whose tuition charges exceed the flat-rate amount each quarter will be responsible for paying the additional tuition charges. Students whose tuition charges are below the flat-rate amount may be eligible to receive a refund each quarter.

The Ozanam Scholarship for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be approximately $6,050 per quarter or $18,150 for the full year. The final Ozanam Scholarship award amount will not be set until the University determines its final tuition rates for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, no later than April 2019. In addition to the award for the regular term, Mission and Ministry Summer Scholarships may be available to incoming Ozanam Scholarship recipients beginning in Summer 2020. The Ozanam Scholarship is renewable for up to two additional years (total of three years), pending successful completion of program requirements.​

Application Information

The Ozanam Scholarship 2019 application in Scholarship Connect will open on Friday, February 15, 2019. The application portal will close at 11:59pm on Monday, April 15, 2019. Only completed, on-time applications will be considered.

In order to apply on Scholarship Connect, follow these steps:

  • Apply to your intended degree program. If you are a current DePaul student, skip to step 3.
  • After you have submitted your degree application, you will be sent an automated email from DePaul prompting you to establish a Campus Connect username and password. This automated email may take up to 3 business days to arrive after you’ve applied to your degree program.
  • Log into Scholarship Connect. You can only log into Scholarship Connect after you have established your Campus Connect username and password.
  • Complete your “General Application.”
  • Search for the “Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship Application”
  • Complete the Ozanam Scholarship application.

Applicants will be expected to provide the following information in Ozanam Scholarship application:

  • General contact information
  • The name and contact information of your Post-Graduate Volunteer Program
  • A one-page, up-to-date resume
  • The contact information for 2 references who are not related to you
  • A list of organizations that are connected to or have recently been connect to that serve those on the margins and/or promote social justice.
  • Answers to the following essay prompts (in no more than 300 words):
    • Using a Vincentian lens, please describe your commitment to service and social justice in your personal and professional life.
    • Please describe a major community or global issue you have dealt with or plan to address in your professional career, and how you see yourself using your DePaul education to explore additional solutions to this issue.

For additional information on the Vincentian Tradition, please consider these resources:

Selection Criteria

Recipients of the Ozanam Scholarship will be selected according to the strength of their applications, including the extent to which they adequately address the essay questions in the application. In addition, scholarship recipients must be accepted into a Master’s Degree program at DePaul University on their own merits. A scholarship awarded to an applicant is contingent on acceptance into their academic program.​

Scholarship Requirements

Upon receiving the Frédéric Ozanam Scholarship, scholars will be expected to:

  • 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 Division of Mission and Ministry 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 Division of Mission and Values Scholarship Coordinator can provide you with resources.

  • Participate in Meet Me at the Mission programming
  • Attend Mission and Ministry sponsored lectures, events or educational programs
  • Maintain regular communication and contact with the Division of Mission and Ministry Scholarship Coordinator

2018-2019 Scholars

Luke Greene
M.B.A. in Business Administration: Sustainable Management
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Chelsey Hudson
M.P.A. in Public Administration: International Public Administration
School of Public Service

Jeanette Lesenko
M.Ed. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Education

Jackie Posek
M.Ed. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Education

Denise Prociuk
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Principal Concentration
College of Education

Isabelle Shively
M.S. in International Public Service
School of Public Service