A. L. A. S
(Academics, Leadership, Access and Service)


Financial Awards for Service and Excellence (F. A. S. E)


F. A. S. E. is a suite of scholarship offerings that provide financial, leadership development and academic support for students. Scholarship awards range from $500-$14,000 respectively. Each student receiving a scholarship must maintain good academic standing and progress toward a degree in 4-5 years. Among the various scholarship opportunities at OMSA is the MONSIGNOR EGAN HOPE SCHOLARS PROGRAM. Designed to enable Chicago inner city students to earn a college degree, this program provides four-year scholarships to academically promising students from Chicago’s urban communities who are committed to doing social justice work, have an exceptional record of community service and a propensity to become agents of social change. In collaboration with Student Financial Services, OMSA provides ongoing comprehensive support for these scholars until they graduate from DePaul. Annually, the Egan Hope Scholars program admits three incoming freshman from a Chicago-area school, who demonstrate significant financial need and academic promise. Each scholar is inducted into a 4-year experience where they are taught to navigate high school-to-college transition issues, as well as theories behind service and reflection, social justice, advocacy, and activism.


Other available scholarship opportunities include the RIVERSVILLE scholarship for sophomores, the MAZZA scholarship for graduates of Big Shoulders high schools, PEGGY ROACH for women committed to social activism, the NORTHERN TRUST scholarship for first generation college students, the KAPLAN TEST PREP waiver for undergraduate students in pursuit of graduate and professional degrees; and the STUDY ABROAD scholarship for first generation students interested in studying abroad. Students who receive any of the above scholarships have demonstrated financial need and academic excellence.

Graduate Transition Program (G. T. P)


G. T. P allows students to gain valuable experience, knowledge and information regarding the graduate school admissions process, including the decision to attend graduate school, application and acceptance to graduate school and funding a graduate education. Program participants include students interested in graduate and professional studies, who are first generation, low-income students of color.

Reaching for Early Access for Developing Youth (R. E. A. D. Y)

Through a partnership between the OMSA and select schools, the READY Program provides pre-college students from Chicago-area schools with an opportunity to connect with DePaul. The goal of this urban, educational outreach initiative is to raise college awareness among youth in the community through partnerships with select Chicago Public Schools, Big Shoulders high schools, private schools, community organizations and youth programs. Participating youth can gain hands-on experience in a college environment by networking with current college students, faculty and staff. These connections foster encouragement and guidance surrounding college attendance and persistence in the future.


Women Empowered (W. E)

Designed to support, retain and develop DePaul undergraduate women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, this exciting new program works to build coalitions among women of color and to identify and address issues that women of color experience. The program centralizes resources for women of color and supports participants personally, academically, and in leadership endeavors. WE is centered around four tenets in support of all DePaul women of color, regardless of race/ethnicity, age, creed, nationality, religion or orientation: Edifice, Empowerment, Collectivity, and Affirmation.

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