CDM 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.

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How to apply

Applications and any additional supporting materials 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. Submitting this application automatically matches students to the following scholarships based on identifiable characteristics based on the qualifying criteria for each scholarship (see details of each scholarship below). This step is required.
    • CDM General Scholarship
    • Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship
    • Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc. Tarik Bicakcic Memorial Scholarship
    • Kalt Endowed Scholarship
    • Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship
    • Nick Mirkopoulos Cinematic Arts Fund
    • 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
    • Brother Mike Hawkins Fellowship
    • Professor Warren Krueger and Ronnveig Ernst Scholarship
    • Fr. Ralph Pansza Renaissance Scholarship
    • Amanda Tames Memorial Endowed Award

Scholarship application deadlines

  • Scholarship Connect is open year round. Submit your profile annually after July 1st.
  • The CDM Scholarships Program accepts applications from October 1st - 31st.
  • To be considered for any 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. Students may login to Scholarship Connect to view their status.

Available scholarships

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


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 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.

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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.

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.


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.

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, 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)

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 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.

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 in Fine Arts program in the School of Cinematic Arts in the 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.

Nick Mirkopoulos Cinematic Arts Fund

This fund was established to provide stipends to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Film and Television Directing program in the College of Computing and Digital Media who are in good academic standing. Stipends will provide reimbursements for expenses related to thesis project costs.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a CDM graduate student in the MFA-Film and Television Directing program.
  • Must be in good academic standing, determined by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500.
  • Must have commenced work on the MFA thesis.

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)

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 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)

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