We are committed to working with you to find the best combination of options for funding your DePauw education.

Types of Aid

depauw scholarship PROGRAMS

A variety of factors are considered when awarding scholarships including grade point average (GPA), test scores, community service, leadership and strength of your high school curriculum. 


Academic Merit Awards are scholarships awarded at the time of admission based on GPA, test scores and high school quality. There is no application required for an Academic Merit Award.

edward g. rector scholarship

The Rector Scholarship is DePauw's oldest and most prestigious award. Students are selected for this scholarship based on excellent academic achievement as evidenced by the highest academically qualified students in the applicant pool, typically the top five percent. To be invited to apply for the Rector Scholarship, students must first be nominated by a high school counselor or teacher.

Rector Scholar nominations are due no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. If you are invited to apply, Rector Scholar applications are due no later than Thursday, February 8, 2018.

holton memorial scholarships

Holton scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service. Students are considered for these selective scholarships through the admission process and no additional application is required. Students will be notified through their financial aid package if they qualify for a Holton award.

lilly endowment community scholarship program

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program provides a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to selected students from each Indiana county and can be used at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. In addition to the scholarship provided through the Lilly Endowment, Lilly Scholars will receive a DePauw scholarship equal to the value of room and board charges for up to four years. Additionally, the University will provide one fully-funded off-campus Extended Studies opportunity. This can take the form of an overseas trip during Winter or May Term. It may also include one fully-funded term in the DePauw-Kelley Program.

tyler grant

The Tyler grant is a one-time $1,000 grant awarded to first-year, out-of-state students who are accepted and visit DePauw University in their senior year of high school for an official Office of Admissions visit by April 14, 2018. Apply  to DePauw University and schedule a visit.

Deadline to Visit: April 14, 2018

achievement-based scholarships

DePauw has partnered with Raise.me to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning scholarships from DePauw as early as your freshman year. You can earn micro-scholarships for visiting campus, taking an AP course or completing three years of a foreign language. These micro-scholarships will ultimately comprise part of your overall DePauw Academic Merit Award. Make sure to complete your Raise.me portfolio by December 1 of your senior year to qualify for any of these scholarships.


Twenty Bonner Scholars are selected from the incoming freshman class who have demonstrated a commitment to service and community. Bonner Scholars must have demonstrated financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to submit a separate application to be considered for the Bonner Scholar Program. Accepted students receive a need-based financial aid award with limited loans that meets their demonstrated financial need. In addition, students receive extensive training in return for their commitment to the four-year program.

Bonner Scholar Program Application Due February 15, 2018

ROTC Scholarships

We work with ROTC programs to provide partial to full scholarships for those students who qualify. For a full list of specific programs and requirements, please visit the DePauw Experience.

prindle institute ethics scholarship

The Prindle Institute for Ethics Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for thinking about ethics and the critical issues of our time.

Recipients must incorporate an ethics education component into their curricular or co-curricular plans at DePauw.

There is no separate application process. All applicants will be evaluated to determine if they might be good candidates for this scholarship, but applicants may indicate in their application that they would like to be considered.


Need-Based Aid

Federal and state grants are awarded based on your family’s demonstrated financial need. Grants are awards that do not have to be repaid. DePauw's generous endowment also provides institutional grant assistance to students who demonstrate financial need. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal and state grants. You can find more information about Indiana’s state financial aid here as there are various programs you may qualify for. Visit ScholarTrack and create your account for Indiana state financial aid.




We believe that loans can be a good option in helping finance your education; however, you should never borrow more than you need. There are a variety of loans to help fund your DePauw education. The primary federal loan program is the Direct Stafford Loan Program administered through the Financial Aid Office. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal loans.


The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time employment for students with financial need allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for Federal Work-Study.

Outside Scholarships

We encourage you to explore outside scholarships provided by civic organizations, private organizations and foundations. The best resources for finding these opportunities are your high school guidance counselors. Some general scholarship research websites are listed below:

College Board


My College Dollars

Scholarship Experts