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 10–15 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, and receptions.

Alfie Scholars will begin their education at Seattle University on August 7, 2017, where they will attend one of their required core curriculum courses: The Philosophy of the Civil Person. This course is designed to meet the educational objectives of both the Alfie Scholars Program and Seattle University. In addition to the Philosophy course, Alfie Scholars will receive tailored wrap-around programing to enrich their academic experience, to cultivate the mission of leadership and civility, and to build relationships with other Alfie Scholars and members of the Seattle University community. In this short summer experience, our goal is to provide Alfie Scholars with every type of academic experience they will engage in as students in their Seattle University courses and to facilitate the development of a professional presence.  An exciting aspect of the program are the Alfie Scholar Summer Conferences. Alfie Juniors will serve as moderators for the day-long Alfie Seniors Conference: The Ethics of Civility, and two weeks later, Alfie Juniors will present at their own Alfie Juniors Conference: The Philosophy of the Civil Person.

During the 2017–2018 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.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Alfie Scholars will rejoin their cohort and attend their second required core curriculum course: The Ethics of Civility. In this course, Alfie Seniors will use the lens of philosophy to deepen their understanding of ethics and civility, to continue to sharpen their critical thinking, analytic, writing, and presentation skillsthe culmination of this course is the day-long Alfie Seniors Conference: The Ethics of Civility.