Scholarships

CDM Scholarships

The CDM Scholarship Program offers awards to continuing students in the College of Computing and Digital Media each year. Scholarship money in these programs is made available through endowments, corporate donations, memorial funds, and internal organizational funds.

The CDM Scholarship Program is very competitive. While all students are welcome to apply, the following characteristics are often shared by scholarship award winners:

  • Demonstrated high level of academic success
  • Active campus and/or off campus involvement
  • Leadership in work or student run organizations
  • Service to others

Note: Scholarships are sometimes aimed at certain academic career levels, majors or class standings. Please read carefully to determine the qualifying criteria for each scholarship prior to submitting your application.

How to apply

Applications and any additional supporting materials must be submitted in the Scholarship Connect tool, available online at https://depaul.academicworks.com.

Scholarship application process and deadline

  • Scholarship Connect is open year round.
  • Students may submit the general scholarship application at any time.
  • The general application must be resubmitted each year after July 1st.
  • There are five (5) required questions that students must complete in order to become eligible for the basic College of Computing and Digital Media Scholarship.
  • Additional questions are marked as "optional" and should be completed in order to be considered for scholarships that have additional application requirements. HINT: in the scholarship application, hover over the optional question to see which scholarship requires that piece of information. The more optional information you are able to submit, the more scholarships you may be eligible to be considered for.
  • CDM scholarships are open for applications from October 1st - 31st.
  • To be considered for a CDM Scholarship, all questions for that scholarships (required or optional) must be answered and submitted by October 31st.
  • Scholarship awards are made before the end of autumn quarter and disbursed for the current academic year.
  • Notification about scholarship awards is made via email before the end of autumn quarter.

Available scholarships

Please read each scholarship description carefully. Some scholarships require additional application materials.


Double Demon Scholarship

The Double Demon scholarship, offered exclusively to DePaul alumni, covers 25 percent of the tuition for a master’s degree or select certificate programs.

Alumni from any of DePaul’s colleges who are admitted into a graduate degree program from one of these programs automatically qualify for the Double Demon Scholarship. This scholarship is available for new part-time or full-time students who began a master’s degree in CDM or KGSB in winter 2012-2013 or later and the other colleges beginning in winter 2013-2014. It cannot be applied retroactively.

There is no limit to the amount of courses that can be taken by eligible students. However, students may not take more than four courses in any quarter without permission from the college. The scholarship cannot be applied to cover fees or other non-tuition costs.

For more information about the scholarship, contact admission@cdm.depaul.edu.


Leo Burnett "Al Lira" Scholarship

This $3000 scholarship was made possible by Leo Burnett USA in the name of Al Lira. Mr. Lira was Executive Vice President and Corporate Director of Production in Television and Print for Leo Burnett Company, Inc. The scholarship was created to commemorate his passion for mentoring and for the opportunities he provided for people entering the business. By submitting an application and authored project for the Leo Burnett "Al Lira" Scholarship, the student acknowledges that all materials submitted will be viewed by the scholarship committee.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Undergraduate student majoring in Digital Cinema or Film and Television.
  • Demonstrated academic success.
  • Student must show an interest in film production

Additional Application Criteria

Applicants must submit an authored project that will be reviewed by the selection committee


Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship was established by close DePaul friends, Dr. Curtis Crawford and his wife, Gina. Dr. Curtis Crawford is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of XCEO, Inc. Dr. Crawford earned his Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in 1978 and an honorary doctorate from CDM in 1999. Dr. Crawford currently serves on DePaul's Board of Trustees.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Graduate CDM student in a program focusing on commerce, business, communication technology, or information systems.
  • Demonstrated academic success
  • Student must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Additional consideration is given to African-American students.

The DePaul Faculty/Staff Scholarship

The amount of the scholarship depends on the contributions from the staff and faculty.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Full-time or part-time undergraduate CDM students entering their junior or senior year, or graduate students entering their second or final year.
  • Must have strong academic achievement and be in good academic standing
  • Should demonstrate commitment to DePaul’s Vincentian heritage through activities that place value on service to the community and to other individuals. The CDM online application allows students to describe this commitment via essays.
  • Student may only receive this scholarship once in their academic career.

Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc. Tarik Bicakcic Memorial Scholarship

The Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc. Tarik Bicakcic Memorial Scholarship was established by one of the world's leading exchange organizations, Deutsche Boerse Group. DB gives investors, financial institutions, and companies access to global capital markets through their reliable systems, services, and products specifically created to meet the needs of international financial markets.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Undergraduate CDM student in his/her senior year majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or Network Engineering and Security.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Student must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FIRST Scholarship

FIRST Scholarship Provider LogoIn support of the FIRST mission, DePaul CDM has established a $5,000 scholarship for a student who has been actively involved on a participating FIRST team during his or her junior or senior year of high school. This scholarship is offered to an incoming freshman who will be pursuing a baccalaureate degree at DePaul CDM. The scholarship is non-renewable and is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing during the freshman year. Candidates must meet the regular academic requirements for admission to DePaul University.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Be a senior in high school.
  • Have participated at least one full season during your junior or senior year on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team or a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team.
  • Apply and be admitted to DePaul University’s College of CDM as a full time student. (However, you do not need to have already been admitted at the time you apply for this scholarship.)
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1100 and a GPA of at least 3.2 (on a scale of 4.0).

To apply for the FIRST Scholarship you must Visit the FIRST Scholarship web site to obtain the CDM FIRST Scholarship Application. Instructions about what to submit and where to send your completed application are included in the CDM FIRST Scholarship Application materials. The deadline to apply for the CDM FIRST Scholarship is March 1st.


Kalt Endowed Scholarship

Established by Mr. David S. Kalt and the Kalt Family Foundation, the Kalt Endowed Scholarship pays tribute to David Kalt, the co-founder and CEO of optionsXpress Holding Inc., a comprehensive online options and stock brokerage that went public in January 2005. Mr. Kalt earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from CDM in 1995.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be an undergraduate CDM student.
  • Student must be in good academic standing.
  • Student must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Professor Warren Krueger and Ronnveig Ernst Scholarship

An annual $5000 scholarship funded by the College of CDM in memory of Professor Warren Krueger who served as a professor for 13 years in the College of CDM and his wife, Ronnveig Ernst.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be an undergraduate CDM student who has achieved at least sophomore standing
  • Demonstrated success in a computer science curriculum that emphasized the study of both theoretical computing and mathematics

Peterson Technology Partners Scholarship

Four $5000 scholarships made possible by Peterson Technology Partners. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide recognition and financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in the Human-Computer Interaction program in the College of Computing and Digital Media who are in good academic standing and have financial need. Scholarships are for one academic year and are not renewable.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a CDM graduate student currently enrolled in the Human-Computer Interaction program.
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500.
  • Must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must submit a sample of creative work that demonstrates strength in the field of Cinema and Interactive Media.

Fr. Ralph Pansza Renaissance Scholarship

Read more about Father Pansza. This $5000 scholarship is non-renewable. It will be awarded to a different student each year.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Undergraduate or graduate CDM student with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must demonstrate strengths in the following areas via essays:
    • Computing
    • Service to others
    • Artistic endeavors

Additional Application Criteria

Applicants must submit a portfolio of artistic work. This portfolio may include examples of visual art, performance of music, recording of performance art, composure of music, web design, photography, or any other artistic creations.

Additional Information

The winner must enroll in each quarter for at least one course and must maintain a GPA of at least a 3.0 while receiving the scholarship. If the scholarship money is not used in the academic year it is assigned, the left over money will be forwarded to the next year's scholarship pool.


Dr. Steven C. Rubinow Endowed Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship endowment is to provide recognition and financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in the School of Computing within the College of Computing and Digital Media.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a CDM graduate student currently enrolled in one of the following academic programs:
    • Business Information Technology
    • Computational Finance
    • Computer Science
    • Cybersecurity
    • E-Commerce Technology
    • Game Programming
    • Health Informatics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Information Systems
    • IT Project Management
    • Network Engineering and Security
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Software Engineering.
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500
  • Must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Amanda M. Tames Memorial Endowed Award

The Amanda M. Tames Memorial Endowed Award was established by her parents, Angela and Roger Tames. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to a talented female student in the School of Cinematic Arts.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a full-time Undergraduate female student in the School of Cinema and Interactive Media who is entering her senior year and a declared major in either Animation, Digital Cinema, or Film and Television.
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000
  • Must submit a sample of creative work that demonstrates strength in the field of Cinema and Interactive Media
  • Must submit a 500-word essay
  • Must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

CDM General Scholarship Fund

Additional scholarship funds are made available for CDM students through a general CDM scholarship.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a continuing CDM student. First-term students do not qualify.
  • Must be in good academic standing

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