CDM Scholarships & Grants

The CDM Scholarship Program provides funding to continuing students in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media. CDM accepts applications for all scholarships and grants, except where noted*, annually from October 1-31. Scholarship money in these programs is made available through endowments, corporate donations, memorial funds, and internal organizational funds.

The 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

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Application Process

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications and any additional supporting materials for the CDM Scholarship Program must be submitted in the Scholarship Connect tool. To be considered for any scholarship available as part of the CDM Scholarship Program, students must:

  1. Create a general scholarship profile in Scholarship Connect. Profiles must be submitted annually after July 1st. This step is required.
  2. Submit the CDM General Scholarship Application in the Scholarship Connect tool. Applications are accepted annually from October 1-31, except for programs indicated.* This step is required. Submitting this application automatically matches students to the following scholarships based on identifiable characteristics of the qualifying criteria for each scholarship (see details of each scholarship in the “Available Scholarships” section below):
    • CDM General Scholarship
    • Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship
    • Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc. Tarik Bicakcic Memorial Scholarship
    • Iron Galaxy Diversity in Gaming
    • Kalt Endowed Scholarship
    • Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship
    • Nick Mirkopoulos Cinematic Arts Fund
    • Pradeep Nayar Experience Design Endowed Scholarship
    • Dr. Steve C. Rubinow Endowed Scholarship
    • Eugene P. Jarvis and Sasha L. Gerritson Scholarship
    • SIM Chicago Scholarship
  3. After submitting the CDM General Scholarship Application, students may answer additional questions and submit additional materials to be considered for the following scholarships. Submitting additional information for these scholarships is optional.
    • Computer Science Society Scholarship
    • Forest Foundation Thesis Post-Production Grant
    • Brother Mike Hawkins Fellowship
    • Professor Warren Krueger and Ronnveig Ernst Scholarship
    • Fr. Ralph Pansza Renaissance Scholarship
    • Amanda Tames Memorial Endowed Award

Available Scholarships

Brother Mike Hawkins Fellowship

Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Brother Mike Fellowship was established in 2016 to honor the legacy of Mike Hawkins, who served as a Lead Mentor and manager of informal learning with the Digital Youth Network (DYN), an organization formerly housed within DePaul University’s Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM). In this capacity Brother Mike, as he was commonly known, influenced and inspired hundreds of youth to pursue their education further by leveraging their passion and honing in on their creativity.

The Brother Mike Fellowship will be awarded to CDM undergraduate and/or graduate students to support creative work that will be conducted in the spring and summer quarters. Individuals or teams may apply to complete an innovative technology-based service project that will engage Chicago youth. The projects are to be completed before the start of the following fall quarter.

view full description (pdf).

CDM Diversity Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in CDM who are in good academic standing and who have financial need. The following criteria may also be taken into account when awarding this scholarship: whether the student is from a group that is underrepresented in the fields of computing and digital media; has demonstrated a commitment to supporting students from groups that are underrepresented groups in the fields of computing and digital media; or has demonstrated a commitment to working with students in groups that are underrepresented in the fields of computing and digital media.

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

Computer Science Society Scholarship

This scholarship is made available through donations to the Computer Science Society (CSS) to provide recognition to a student for their contributions to the organization.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior status.
  • Must be a current member of the Computer Science Society.

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.

  • 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.

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).

Iron Galaxy Diversity in Gaming

Iron Galaxy is committed to celebrating and elevating the diversity of the student body by supporting students marginalized by race, gender, ability, identity, or orientation. And to help the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media build the best possible gaming program, Iron Galaxy will engage with faculty, staff, and students, providing relevant and meaningful feedback on its gaming initiatives.

Preference for these two scholarships shall be given to students from underrepresented populations or students with a demonstrated interest in/commitment to, increasing the prevalence of, or improving the role of, underrepresented populations in the field of Game Design.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Iron Galaxy Diversity in Gaming Endowed Scholarship #1: currently enrolled undergraduate students in the BS-Game Design or BS-Game Programming majors
  • Iron Galaxy Diversity in Gaming Endowed Scholarship #2: currently enrolled graduate students in the MFA-Game Design or MS-Game Programming majors

Eugene P. Jarvis and Sasha L. Gerritson Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media who are in good academic standing and who have financial need. This scholarship is renewable for a second year, provided the student maintains good academic standing.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be an undergraduate CDM student with junior status
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.
  • Student must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Additional consideration may be given to students majoring in computer science.

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, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.
  • 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

Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide recognition and financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in one of the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Cinematic Arts in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media who are in good academic standing and have financial need. Additional consideration may be given to students from a population that is underrepresented in the field of Cinematic Arts or who demonstrates an interest in or commitment to working with underrepresented populations.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a CDM graduate student in the MFA-Animation, MFA-Creative Producing, MFA-Documentary, MFA-Film and Television Directing, or MFA-Screenwriting program.
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500.
  • Must exhibit financial need.

Additional Application Criteria
Applicants must include the following:

  • A description of academic interests as related to this scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities (e.g. organizations, volunteer activities, leadership roles, etc.), and career aspirations
  • A description of demonstrated commitment to DePaul’s Vincentian identity and heritage, which place high value on service to the community and to other individuals
  • A 500-word personal statement that discusses the following: 1) Your academic goals and aspirations; 2) Your anticipated course plan for the remainder of your academic year; 3) A description of any extracurricular/service activities
  • Upload current resume
  • Upload current Unofficial DePaul University Transcript

Non-required additional information

While not required, applicants are welcome to also include a video file for additional consideration related to the criteria outlined above.

Pradeep Nayar Experience Design Endowed Scholarship

Over the course of his career, Pradeep Nayar has held design leadership positions at the Chicago Tribune, Grainger, and Allstate, and ultimately became Vice President of Product and Design at the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Pradeep contributed to the practice of Experience Design through his work and his speaking engagements about how designers could work best within Agile product teams and a data-informed, iterative approach to design. He was a driver of positive changes in how companies solved problems, working to teach others and change the hearts and minds of the establishment to do things the right way and to incorporate user empathy into their products.

Beyond being a master of the craft of design, Pradeep had a keen eye for discovering talent and was a mentor to hundreds of people, inspiring and helping many to become successful designers. He inspired others to believe in themselves, do the right thing, be positive, empathetic, and continuously learn new skills. Pradeep had an intrinsic ability to actively listen and connect with others and was an advocate for many people throughout their careers. He created positive environments to work in and authentically cared about everyone he worked with.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in CDM’s Human Computer Interaction or Experience Design program
  • Good academic standing
  • Have financial need

Fr. Ralph Pansza Renaissance Scholarship

On February 26, 1997, a special committee, appointed by the Dean of CDM, gathered to decide the criteria that will be used to award an annual $5,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student, in the name of Father Ralph Pansza.

Father Ralph Pansza passed away in February 1997. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Senior Technical Advisor in DePaul´s Information Services Division. He was often described as a true "Renaissance man" with valuable expertise in computing accompanied by active involvement in the arts and his community.

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.

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 Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a CDM student enrolled in a School of Computing graduate 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)

SIM Chicago Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Computing in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media who are entering their junior or senior year.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Undergraduate student in School of Computing major.
  • Must have junior or senior status.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

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 Cinematic Arts 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 Cinematic Arts.
  • Must submit a 500-word essay
  • Must exhibit financial need, typically demonstrated through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)




Available Grants

Students must apply to the Forest Foundation and Nick Mirkopoulos Cinematic Arts grants through Scholarship Connect (see “Application Process” above).

The application process for the School of Cinematic Arts MFA Thesis and Undergraduate Production grants is detailed in each grant’s description, below.

The Forest Foundation Thesis Post-Production Grant

The Forest Foundation Thesis Post-Production Grants are intended for students pursuing an MFA in Film and Television Directing or an MFA in Documentary in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at CDM. These grants are used to offset costs related to completing student thesis films. The grants are restricted to projects that have already begun or have finished production, and are to be used primarily for post, sound mix, score and music, color correction, or festival entry fees.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a currently enrolled MFA Film and Television Directing or MFA Documentary student at CDM in the post-production phase of thesis
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

Application Process

Applications for this grant must be submitted in Scholarship Connect. Follow the Application Process listed above.

All applications must include the following materials:

  • Synopsis
  • Cast and crew list
  • Description of work completed to-date
  • Description of work still to be completed
  • Budget top sheet and budget narrative (the budget narrative explains how you arrived at the sum of each line item, justifying the expense)
  • Online link (such as Vimeo) to a rough cut or finished film
  • Specific dollar amount requested from designated funds from The Forest foundation (Choose one your film qualifies for):
    • $3,000 – MFA Film and Television Directing Students – Finishing Funds
    • $1,000 – MFA Film and Television Directing Students with a film about the advancement of Medicine and/or Science
    • $1,000 – MFA Documentary filmmaker

IMPACT Summer Grant

Through the generosity of an anonymous faculty donor, School of Design students are invited to submit proposals to imagine, develop, and deploy cutting-edge visual and interactive designs that have a positive cultural or social impact. Projects may involve graphic designs, websites, apps, games, toys, installations, wearable computing, experiences, and so on. Projects may have a cultural and artistic focus or may be driven to have a social impact by empowering or serving the needs of individuals, organizations, or communities.

Qualifying Criteria

  • All current undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Design (students majoring/minoring in Graphic Design, Game Design, User Experience Design, Industrial Design, Designing for Physical Technology, Digital Communication and Media Arts, Human-Computer Interaction, Experience Design, Human Centered Design) are eligible, including those who graduate in June 2022.
  • Teams can include members from other CDM schools or DePaul colleges, but must include at least one School of Design students.

view full description (pdf).

Nick Mirkopoulos Cinematic Arts Fund

These funds are used to offset costs related to pre-production, production and/or post-production of student thesis films.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a currently enrolled CDM graduate student in the MFA Animation, MFA Creative Producing, MFA Documentary, or MFA Film and Television Directing program
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Must have commenced work on the MFA thesis

Application Process

Applications for this grant must be submitted in Scholarship Connect. Follow the Application Process listed above.

All applications must include the following documents:

  • A description of academic interests as related to this scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities (e.g. organizations, volunteer activities, leadership roles, etc.), and career aspirations
  • A description of demonstrated commitment to DePaul’s Vincentian identity and heritage, which place high value on service to the community and to other individuals
  • A 500-word personal statement that discusses the following: 1) Your academic goals and aspirations; 2) Your anticipated course plan for the remainder of your academic year; 3) A description of any extracurricular/service activities
  • A description of how your thesis film represents you as a creative filmmaker
  • Current resume
  • Current Unofficial DePaul University Transcript
  • Materials related to the thesis films, including
    • Synopsis
    • Description of work completed to-date (if applicable)
    • Description of work still to be completed
    • Budget top sheet and budget narrative (the budget narrative explains how you arrived at the sum of each line item, justifying the expense)

While not required, applicants are welcome to also include a video file for additional consideration related to the criteria outlined above.

School of Cinematic Arts MFA Thesis Grant*

MFA Thesis Grants are intended for students pursuing an MFA in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at CDM. These grants are used to offset costs related to completing student thesis films. The grants are restricted to projects that have already begun or have finished production, and are to be used primarily for post, sound mix, score and music, color correction, or festival entry fees.

Qualifying Criteria

Only degree-seeking students who meet the following criteria may apply:

  • MFA student at CDM in the Thesis Phase of the program
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Currently enrolled
  • In post-production phase of thesis
  • Students who hold a full time or part time university faculty or staff position are not eligible for an MFA Thesis Grant.

Application Process

To be considered for an MFA Thesis Grant, the following must be submitted by 11:59pm on the due date for each application period:

  • Submit a PDF of the following materials at MyCDM > MFA Grants:
  • Synopsis
  • Cast and crew list
  • Work completed to date
  • Work still to be completed
  • Budget top sheet and budget narrative: the budget narrative explains how you arrived at the sum of each line item, justifying the expense.
  • Specific dollar amount requested: a maximum of $5,000 or 50% of the budget if budget is under $10,000.
  • Online link (such as Vimeo) to a rough cut or finished film.

Please submit the requested materials as a single document.

Applications Periods and Deadlines

There are three annual application periods. To be considered for a thesis grant, the application materials must be submitted by the dates specified below.

  • Fall: Sept. 15th through Oct. 15th
  • Winter: Jan. 15th through Feb. 15th
  • Spring: Apr. 15th through May 15th
Application Review and Notification

After submission of the application, students may be contacted and invited to interview with a faculty committee to discuss the request. The interview may be necessary to clarify issues regarding the application.

The MFA production grants are extremely competitive. The review committee rejects many excellent student proposals due to the high volume and quality of applicants. The selection process includes assessing a student’s vision, creativity, ingenuity, technical and narrative execution, and overall promise of the project as a representation of our program. The decisions are based on the merits of each application and the quality of the filmmaking.

Students will be notified via email of the result of their grant application prior to the start of each quarter.

Questions or Concerns

For more information about the MFA Thesis Grant, please contact MFAAdmins@cdm.depaul.edu.

If you are having technical issues regarding your application, contact development@cdm.depaul.edu.

NOTE: You will generally receive an answer within two (2) business days during regular business hours.

School of Cinematic Arts Undergraduate Production Grant*

Undergraduate production grants are used to offset costs associated with producing ambitious short films outside of coursework. Grant recipients must meet regularly with faculty and staff committee members over the course of the year, and meet production milestones throughout the process, including to improve initial scripts/treatments/boards, and review progress. Continued disbursement of funds will be dependent upon meeting those deadlines. Students must reapply yearly.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Current enrollment in any undergraduate cinema or animation production degree program at CDM
  • Principle producer or director of the proposed project
  • Possess all necessary intellectual property rights to story material
  • Undertaking the project outside of coursework requirements
  • Major crew positions filled by current DePaul students, per SCA Student Production Handbook

Application Process

To be considered for the Undergraduate Production Grant, the following documents must be submitted in a combined pdf document in your application by 11:59 on January 3, 2022.

Log into MyCDM to submit your application with the following materials:

  • Primary shooting document(s)
    • Completed 12-15 page script or other treatment/summary documents for un-scripted projects
    • Scripts must NOT include elements not allowed per the Student Production Handbook guidelines such as fire, driving shots, or animals of any kind
    • Full schedule including pre-production, production, and post-production phases
    • Storyboards, Mood Boards, and/or Documentary/Experimental/Unscripted treatments
    • Detailed Covid-19 Safety Plan (suggestions available from materials found on SCA Central “Info & Forms” tab
    • Outline of any key locations or set decoration/art design that are important to the project
  • Detailed budget of the film including specific estimated costs
  • Principle crew list identifying Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Sound Mixer, and Editor
Application Period and Deadlines

Undergraduate Production Grant applications are reviewed once a year. To be considered, application materials must be submitted during the following application period: November 1, 2021 through January 3, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Application Review and Notification

The Undergraduate Production Grant is a very competitive opportunity focusing on production of student projects of any genre including scripted and unscripted. The award committee is seeking projects that demonstrate a detailed level of preparation, a distinctive creative voice, and a clear path to project completion.

After submission of the application, select projects will be invited to pitch before the awards committee. Not all applicants will be invited to pitch. Award recipients will be determined after the pitch date and will be notified via email. For funds to be disbursed, students will be required to first meet with the committee chair and Manager of Production.

Questions or Concerns

For more information about the Undergraduate Production Grant, please contact ugradprodapp@depaul.edu.

If you are having technical issues regarding your application, contact development@cdm.depaul.edu.

NOTE: You will generally receive an answer within two (2) business days during regular business hours.



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