Our Mission

The Alfie Scholars Program helps make the dream of obtaining 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 collaborates 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 bachelor’s degree often leave school because they lack sufficient finances and sufficiently 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 the 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 who foster civility in their professions

We are admitting 10 Alfie Scholars this year.

The Alfie Scholars Program Description

Alfie Scholars attend, as a cohort, two of their required core curriculum courses during the summer session. These courses provide wrap-around academic enrichment instruction and other educationally enriching activities. In addition, throughout their years at Seattle University, Alfie Scholars will participate in special programs, receptions, and other events.

Alfie Junior Summer 2019

June 29, 2019
     Alfie Scholar All-Day Retreat
July 10, 2019
     Alfie Program: 10:00am – 1:00pm
July 17, 2019
     Alfie Program: 10:00am – 1:00pm
July 24, 2019
     Alfie Program: 10:00am – 1:00pm
July 31, 2019
     Alfie Program: 10:00am – 1:00pm
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

The 2019 Alfie Scholars cohort will begin their education at Seattle University on Saturday, June 29, with an all-day Scholar Orientation and Retreat. They will meet for three-hour sessions from 10:00am – 1:00pm on Wednesdays, July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. Their class begins August 5, 2019, when they will commence 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 programming 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. A highlight of the program is the Alfie Scholar Summer Conferences. Alfie Juniors serve as moderators for the day-long Alfie Seniors Conference: The Ethics of Civility. Two weeks later, the Alfie Juniors will present at their own Alfie Juniors Conference: The Philosophy of the Civil Person, where Alfie Seniors will serve as moderators.

During the 2019–2020 academic year, the Alfie Scholar program provides instruction and guidance designed to continue the development of leaders for civility and also to further nurture the development of community within the cohort.

During the 2020–2021 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 and to continue to sharpen their critical thinking, analytic, writing, and presentation skills. The culmination of this course is the day-long Alfie Seniors Conference: The Ethics of Civility.