The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University invites current DePaul students to apply for the Richard J. Meister Scholarship. The Meister Scholarship is an award of $1,500 for DePaul University students for the 2016-2017 academic year. All DePaul students are eligible, with a special consideration for students ages 25 and older.

Steans Center programs are built on the premise that single experiences in service to the community, however powerful, are insufficient to embed the ideas, values and habits of an engaged citizen. The Richard J. Meister scholarship lies in the tradition of DePaul scholars who critically reflect on societal issues and problem solving methods to achieve societal goals and engage in service within the local and/or global community, and encourages students to continue doing so throughout their lives.



  • Must be a DePaul University undergraduate or graduate student in good standing during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to issues of social justice, community service and responsibility, and academic excellence


To apply for this scholarship you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete the FAFSA and have the results sent to DePaul University. (This is only required for need-based scholarships.) 

2. Complete the General Application on the DePaul Online Scholarship Application:

a. Log into the DePaul Online Scholarship Application using your Campus Connect ID and password.

b. Complete and submit the General Application. (Be sure to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript). 

i. Your General Application will be marked with a green checkmark to indicate that it has been completed and submitted successfully.

ii. If it is gray, the application was not submitted successfully; try again.

iii. After submitting the General Application, you will need to apply specifically to the John E. Brennan Memorial Award. To do so, search for the Richard J. Meister Scholarshiplisting and click the "Apply" button. You will then be prompted to complete some supplemental questions. Once you are satisfied with your answers, click "Finish and Submit". 


After Submitting an Application:

If awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via email and you will see a notification on the “Applications” tab of the scholarship application site under “Active”.  You will also receive a communication from financial aid stating that your financial aid award letter has been updated. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will see a notification on the Home tab of the website indicating your application was reviewed and not selected.


The Scholarship Application Period will open beginning on Wednesday, November 2nd.  

The deadline for submitting your application is Monday, December 5th.

*The Scholarship recipient(s) will be announced in January 2017.


For questions, please contact:
Candiss Shumate
Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning
2233 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614