Apply to be an Alfie Scholar


Eligibility Criteria

The Alfie Scholars will be selected from a pool of diverse transfer students from community colleges. Diversity includes a broad range of people including those from diverse ethnic, racial, and non-traditional backgrounds, as well as those who have socioeconomic disadvantages, have physical or learning disabilities, and have overcome significant other obstacles.

To be considered for an Alfie Scholarship, applicants must have gained acceptance into Seattle University undergraduate programs through the normal transfer application processes and must have the following additional minimum qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a community college during the current academic year

  • Two years of college credits (90 credits) and/or an A.A. degree by August 1

  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.5

  • A minimum of 4 quarters completed at the time of application

  • Leadership skills that will enable her or him to serve the community and foster civility in her or his chosen profession

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form

  2. A resume/curriculum vitae

  3. Leadership essay – In 350 words or less, describe what effective leadership means to you and the ways in which you have been a leader in your life.

  4. A one-and-a-half to two-page personal statement discussing your background and why you feel you are a match for the Alfie Scholars Program at Seattle University

  5. Social issues essay – In 1 page per issue, please discuss two contemporary social issues about which you feel passionate. For each issue, please briefly explain the issue, why it ignites passion in you, and why it is an issue of significant social consequence. If admitted, one of these issues will become the basis of your research project during the summer program.

  6. A two-page response essay on the article “Embracing Our Shared Humanity: Civility for Our Times”

  7. Two letters of recommendation that speak to your intellectual ability and capacity to act as a leader in fostering civility specifically, in your major or prospective profession, or in general if you have not yet chosen a major or prospective profession. One letter must be from a professor at your community college.

After the application has been submitted, selected prospective Alfie Scholars will be interviewed by the admission committee. The interview dates are in the last week of April.

Upon being selected to be an Alfie Scholar, you must sign a commitment to maintain good standing at the university, to participate in the academic programing, and to complete other requirements as determined by the program director.

Post-Award Requirements

Alfie Scholars serve as role models of leadership in fostering civility in their respective academic and personal communities. In addition, Alfie Scholars will be required to:

  • Attend the Alfie Junior Summer Program that includes the Philosophy of the Civil Person core course as well as Alfie curriculum. Summer 2019 program dates are

    • June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    • July 10, 17, 24 and 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    • August 5 through September 7, 2019

      • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      • Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      • Saturday, August 24 and Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Attend the Alfie Senior Summer Program Core Course: Ethics of Civility– 2020–2021 academic year

  • Participate in extra-curricular programing

  • Meet with the Alfie Scholars Program Director once each quarter

  • Maintain good academic and social standing

  • Attend regularly scheduled individual meetings with program staff

  • Apply and maintain eligibility for other scholarship funding if applicable

  • Allow staff to monitor academic performance and university records

  • Abide by all university standards for appropriate conduct, community behavior, including campus housing policies



The 2019 Application cycle is now closed. Check back in the Fall for information about the 2020 application cycle.

Follow the link below to complete your application and upload supporting documents or submit a letter of recommendation for an applicant.

Download the article Embracing our Shared Humanity: Civility for Our Times by clicking the download button below.

Submit a letter of recommendation

Important Dates

February 1, 2019

Begin accepting applications
Submit FAFSA

April 26, 2019

Deadline to submit application to Alfie Scholars Program

April 29-May 10, 2019

Interviews for finalists

May 10, 2019

Notification to applicants

May 11, 2019

Admitted transfer student open house

June 29, 2019

Alfie Scholars All Day Retreat

July 10, 2019

Alfie Scholars Program: 10:00am –3:00pm 

July 17, 2019

Alfie Scholars Program: 10:00am –3:00pm

July 24, 2019

Alfie Scholars Program: 10:00am –3:00pm

July 26, 2019

All Alfie's Welcome Dinner: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

July 31, 2019

Alfie Scholars Program: 10:00am –3:00pm

August 5, 2019

First Full Week of Class

August 24, 2019

All Alfie's Senior Conference: 9:00am – 5:00pm 

September 7, 2019

All Alfie's Junior Conference: 9:00am – 5:00pm

September 28, 2019

All Alfie's Junior Retreat: 9:00am – 5:00pm