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Graduate Aid

We understand that paying for graduate school is an important investment in your future. The Financial Aid Office will help you explore your options for making tuition affordable. They'll find answers to your questions, point you in the right direction for financial aid, loans, and scholarships, and they know where to look for additional sources. Contact them for more information.

Graduate Scholarships and Grants

College of Education Scholarships are made possible through generous donations to the College of Education. The following scholarships are available to graduate students who are enrolled in the COE. They are administered by the College of Education.

The Tzeng Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Justina Tzeng in memory of her husband, DePaul alumnus John Tzeng. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

The John and Frances Beck Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of John and Frances Beck and provides recognition and financial assistance to students who currently serve as elementary or secondary school teachers. Preference is given to those currently teaching or planning to teach at a Catholic elementary or secondary school. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Currently serve as elementary or secondary teachers
  • Preference given to those who currently teach or plan to teach at Catholic elementary or secondary schools

The Meister/Carlson Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to honor a student who changed careers to become an educator. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education
  • Be enrolled in the Teaching and Learning program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have changed careers to become an educator

The Emily Zeman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Emily V. Zeman, DePaul Class of 1942. The award honors students who currently teach in Chicago Public Schools or Archdiocese of Chicago schools. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Teach in a CPS or an Archdiocese of Chicago School

The Urban and Virginia Fleege Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Urban and Virginia Fleege and supports outstanding graduate students enrolled in the College of Education. Preference is given to students living in the western suburbs of Chicago. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have completed a minimum of 8 quarter hours
  • Preference is given to students living in the western suburbs of Chicago

Counseling Student Endowed Award in Honor of Rev. Patrick J. McDevitt, C.M.

This award provides recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Counseling Program in the College of Education who are in good academic standing and who have financial need. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education 
  • Be enrolled in the Counseling program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

The Value-Creating Education Scholarship

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, through its Value-Creating Education scholarship, provides recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Master of Education (MEd) program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship who are in good academic standing. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Education (MEd) program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Additional consideration may be given to students from underrepresented populations or underrepresented geographic locations in the field of value-creating education or those who demonstrate an interest in or commitment to working with underrepresented populations.
  • Preference may also be given to students who have an interest in practicing value-creating education over the long term or those who demonstrate a record of service and commitment to the ideals of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda. Learn more.

The Dan and Irene Hayes Mathematics Education Scholarship

This scholarship supports a mathematics student in the College of Education. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

The George and Mary Heerey Cucich Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of George and Mary Heerey Cucich and supports a student in the College of Education. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain a C+ grade point average

The Olichwier Scholarship

This scholarship was established by alumna Mary Olichwier and James Olichwier. The award supports a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago who is enrolled in the College of Education. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago

The Joanne & Arthur R. Velasquez Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Joanne and Arthur Velasquez to provide recognition to students in the College of Education. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

The Dr. Rafaela Weffer Endowed Scholarship for Bilingual Educators

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Rafaela Weffer, the first Hispanic and Latina professor at the College of Education. This award provides recognition to bilingual educators who have experience or interest in working in schools with a need for bilingual instructors. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Speak fluently in Spanish or another foreign language
  • Express interest in working in a school with bilingual teachers

The Theodore and Theresa Krom Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by DePaul alumna Mrs. Gloria Soiya in honor of her parents, Theodore and Theresa Krom. To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

The John and Jean Masterson Scholarship

The John and Jean Masterson Scholarship seeks to provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the COE who are in good academic standing and have financial need. 

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference may be granted to first-generation students of Polish descent 

The John J. Pedicone, Sr. and Dr. Jack Lane Scholarship

This scholarship was established by College of Education alumnus John J. Pedicone in honor of his father, John J. Pedicone, Sr., and his former professor, Dr. Jack Lane. The scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the College of Education who are in good academic standing and have financial need.

  • Be enrolled in the College of Education
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need

Additional Scholarships

Student Teaching Scholarship. The Student Teaching Scholarships are offered each quarter to applicants who currently are performing their student teaching. Kate Liston will communicate scholarship application periods and deadlines to all current student teachers. Special & Elementary Education (SEE) program student teachers are allowed to apply for each quarter that they student teach. Members of AUSL cohorts are not eligible for the Student Teaching Scholarship.

  • Fall Student Teaching Scholarships: Students may begin submitting applications on September 8, 2020. Applications close on September 18, 2020. 
  • Winter Student Teaching Scholarships: Kate Liston will communicate these dates to Student Teachers via D2L at the beginning of Winter Quarter.
  • Spring Student Teaching Scholarships: Kate Liston will communicate these dates to Student Teachers via D2L at the beginning of Spring Quarter.

Double Demon Scholarship. This scholarship, offered exclusively to DePaul alumni, covers 25 percent of the tuition for a master's degree or qualifying license or endorsement program in the College of Education.  

Note: This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with other DePaul scholarships, waivers, or awards. University employees are eligible for other tuition benefits and are not eligible. And it does not cover coursework from the Center for Professional Education (CPE), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), coursework in a doctoral program or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Music, Theatre, Law and a few other select programs. Scholarship does not apply to all certificate programs. Please contact your college admission offices for more information.

Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship. Students in the Early Childhood Education master's degree program who have been working in an early childhood setting for at least one year could qualify for this scholarship funding. It covers 50-90 percent of a student’s tuition (depending on his/her income) for up to 20 quarter hours per year.

James Madison Graduate Fellowship. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 fellowships to graduate students desiring to become outstanding teachers of the U.S. Constitution at the secondary school level. One fellowship is awarded per state per year.

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship. The MTI scholarship is available to minority students who plan to teach in a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that has no less than a 30 percent minority student enrollment.

U.S. Department of Education Grants & Loan Forgiveness Programs

TEACH Grant. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH Grant) is a new federal grant program for students who plan to teach a high-need subject in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The TEACH grant provides up to $4,000 per year. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing your program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

Student loan forgiveness programs. You may qualify for one of these student loan forgiveness programs sponsored by the federal government. More information on each is available from the Financial Aid Office.

DePaul University Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week at DePaul, and in return, they receive a small stipend and tuition remission for two classes per quarter.