Our Mission

The Alfie Scholars Program was created to make the dream of attaining a bachelor’s degree a reality for transfer students from two-year colleges. The mission of this program is to provide access to a bachelor’s degree, increase diversity on campus and in the professions, and promote leadership in fostering civility. To accomplish this, the program is collaborating with Seattle University, an institution of superior academic standing, whose dedication to forming leaders for social justice is in harmony with our goals.

Transfer students can encounter several barriers to excelling in the university setting. Transfer students who do not complete their education often leave school because they lack sufficient finances and thorough academic preparation. Students who excel are those who form strong relationships with the faculty, staff, and other students within the institution, who feel that they have a unique contribution to make in their chosen field, and who believe that they have a greater purpose beyond merely obtaining a degree. The Alfie Scholars Program at Seattle University is committed to breaking down those barriers and providing students with these tools to excel. The program provides the following:

  • $10,000 annual scholarship 
  • Academic support programming that prepares students for the increased academic rigor of a four-year university
  • Opportunities for creating mutually reinforcing relationships
  • Customized curriculum to develop leadership skills
  • Preparation to become leaders to foster civility in their professions

We are admitting 15 Alfie Scholars this year.

The Alfie Scholars Program Description

Alfie Scholars will attend, as a cohort, two of their required core curriculum courses and one specially designed seminar. All courses will be augmented with academic support instruction and other educationally enriching activities. In addition, throughout their years at Seattle University, Alfie Scholars will participate in special programs, receptions, and an annual retreat.

Alfie Scholars will begin their education at Seattle University in August 2016, where they will attend one of their required core curriculum courses: The Philosophy of the Person. This course is being tailored to meet the educational objectives of both the Alfie Scholars Program and Seattle University. It will include supplemental instruction on study strategies and programs to build relationships with other Alfie Scholars and members of the Seattle University community.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, Alfie Scholars will attend the specially designed two-credit Leadership in Fostering Civility seminar. This seminar will serve the dual purpose of providing direct and relevant instruction on leadership and civility theory and also further nurturing the development of community within the cohort.

In August 2017, Alfie Scholars will rejoin their cohort and attend their second required core curriculum course: Ethics. This course is being tailored to meet the educational objectives of both the Alfie Scholars Program and Seattle University. It will include supplemental instruction on study strategies and programs to reinforce their sense of community.

In addition to the two courses and the seminar, academic support will be provided throughout the year by the director of the Alfie Scholars Program. Each scholar will have regular advisory meetings with the director and will participate in a variety of programs designed to build relationships in their community and enrich their experience. These programs will include several social events, an annual retreat, and opportunities for the scholars to network with students and professionals in their chosen field.