Eligibility Criteria

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.

An applicant to be an Alfie Scholar 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. A two-page response essay on the article Embracing Our Shared Humanity: Civility for Our Times
  6. Two letters of recommendation that speak to your intellectual ability and capacity to act as a leader in fostering civility specifically, in your chosen field, or in general if you have not yet chosen a major. 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. Interview dates are the last week of March and 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 will 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 Core Course: Philosophy of the Civil Person – August 6 through September 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays; and Saturday,
  • August 25 and Saturday September 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Attend the Core Course: Ethics of Civility– 2019–2020 academic year
  • Participate in extra-curricular programing
  • Meet with the Alfie Scholars 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

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Important Dates

February 1, 2018

Begin accepting applications
Submit FAFSA

March 18, 2018

Priority deadline to apply to Alfie Scholars Program

March 26-28, 2018

Interviews for finalists

March 31, 2018

Submit application to Seattle University
Submit FAFSA

April 15, 2018

Deadline to submit application to Alfie Scholars Program

April 24-27, 2018

Interviews for finalists

May 1, 2018

Notification to applicants

May 13, 2018

Commitment to Alfie Scholars Program
Admitted transfer student open house

June 30, 2018

Alfie Scholar All Day Retreat

August 1, 2018

Alfie Session Day

August 6, 2018

First Full Week of Class

September 18, 2018

University Orientation Day: Concurrent Family Program

September 19, 2018

University Orientation Day: Adult Learners, Working Students and Students who are Parents