Richard J. Meister Scholarship

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 2013-2014 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 2013/2014 academic year
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to issues of social justice, community service and responsibility, and academic excellence

To apply, please submit the following documents in HARD COPY

  • DePaul transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • 3-5 page personal statement, not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages, describing the applicant's:
    • Prior experience doing community based work, assisting individuals served by community-based organizations, advocating for causes, or other experience that demonstrates commitment to civic engagement.
    • Career and professional goals, exploring how the applicant's service and/or advocacy work will contribute toward future goals.
    • Explanation of financial need.
  • Cover letter -- this is a separate document from the personal statement that acts as a statement of interest and lets the Meister Scholarship committee know:
    • How you heard about the scholarship
    • Details your background
    • Explains why you feel you are the right fit for the scholarship
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation with attached Recommendation Form (see link below)
    • One from a faculty member who is well acquainted with the applicant's academic work
    • One from a supervisor or someone who can speak to the quality of the applicant

DOC Meister Scholarship FAQ’s
DOC Recommendation Form Meister Program


February 21, 2014 at 5 pm

Please send all application material in hard copy to:
Karly Kattenbraker
Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning
2233 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614