Alumni Benefits

McGoldrick Scholarship

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    In 1979, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors established the McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship Program specifically designated for children and grandchildren of SU Alumni. Since its inception, more than $350,000 has been awarded in student scholarships.

    The university and its donors are dedicated to supporting this merit scholarship to continue the legacy and excellence of Seattle University from generation to generation. In the past, a committee out of the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors chose a select number of students to receive the McGoldrick Scholarship. Since Fall of 2005, the scholarship is now offered to all eligible first-year students who apply by the application deadline (February 1).

    In Recognition 

    The McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship is named after Fr. James B. McGoldrick S.J. (1895-1983). The late dean and professor of educational psychology first came to Seattle University in 1931. Through the years, Fr. McGoldrick was a teacher, counselor and friend to thousands of Seattle University students.

    In the spirit of Fr. McGoldrick’s dedication to students, the McGoldrick Endowment Fund will help support children and grandchildren of Seattle University alumni.

    Scholarship Requirements and Renewal 

    SU Scholarship criteria:  

    • Consideration will be given only to freshmen entering for the first time.
    • Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a qualified alumni or the niece or nephew of clergy who are SU alumni.
    • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and competitive SAT or ACT scores.
    • Applicant must complete the regular application for admission by February 1 (no McGoldrick admission form will be required).
    • Applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.
    • Recipients of the Sullivan Scholarship, Educational Benefits, and/or Presidential.

    Authorization would not be eligible. SU money in combination with other institutional offers cannot exceed tuition.

    Scholarship renewal: 

    Scholarships will be renewed each year provided that the student completes 45 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 grade point average and follows the standards outlined in the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

    Scholarship Amount: 

    The McGoldrick Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to qualified students based on the criteria above. All parents and students of this heritage will be invited to an annual recognition event during Family Weekend every Fall Quarter. Scholarship recipients and donors to the McGoldrick Scholarship will also be included in the annual scholarship luncheon each spring.

    McGoldrick Application Process

    Application Process: 

    1. Complete the undergraduate application for new student enrollment.
    2. As part of the undergraduate application, you must list the full name of your family members who attended Seattle University, the date of their attendance, the year of their graduation, their relationship to you, and their maiden name (if applicable).
    3. The McGoldrick Scholarship is also listed in the financial aid information booklet for undergraduate admission. You may use this book as a reference for additional financial aid information.
    4. The fee for the undergraduate application will be waived for all McGoldrick Scholarship applicants.

    Additional information: 

    For more information on the McGoldrick Scholarship, please contact Alumni Relations at (206) 296-6127 or via email at If you have questions regarding your admission or financial aid eligibility, please call (206) 296-2000.

    Secure the future of the McGoldrick Scholarship– three ways of giving: 

    *Send your gift, along with the form on back, to: 

    Alumni Relations
    901 12th Avenue ADMN 120
    Seattle, WA 98122

    *Online Donations. You may also give a gift via credit card through our secure giving web site.

    *Include this scholarship in your will. You may do this by stating in your will, “I give (specify amount or percentage) to Seattle University, Seattle, WA 98122 to be added to the McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship endowment with income to be used for scholarships.” Complete form on back and mail to Seattle University Office of Alumni Relations.