Program Scholarships

We are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-21 cycle!


Criteria for Eligibility

All admitted Seattle University applicants are considered for incoming student GraduateScholarships based upon a holistic review of all information received in the application process and available funding, including the optional but encouraged statement of any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.  

Arts Leadership selects MFA scholarship recipients based on the completion of the Arts Leadership MFA scholarship form embedded into the Seattle University Graduate Application.  

The Arts Leadership MFA program annually distributes institution scholarship funds for selected scholarship recipients. These funds are divided between awardees via a tier system ranging from $1,200 to $7,200 in increments of $1,200. Scholarship amounts are dispersed as a credit toward tuition.  

Application Process: 

The Application Requirements for the Seattle University Graduate Application are as follows: 

  • Completed application for Graduate Admission 
  • Non-refundable application fee of $55 paid online using a debit or credit card 
  • The following applicants are automatically eligible for fee waivers: Seattle University faculty and staff, Seattle University alumni; active duty military, veterans and spouses of active military and veterans; individuals who have completed a term of service through an AmeriCorps program or the Peace Corps in the past 6 years; and graduates of Jesuit colleges and universities. Financial hardship waivers considered upon request. 
  • Official transcripts from the last two years of the baccalaureate degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework. A completed undergraduate degree must be verified prior to enrollment. Doctoral students should only submit all graduate-level transcripts unless non-graded. Exceptions to the policy are noted with the degree requirements. 
  • Students who have earned degrees from institutions issuing non-graded transcripts must submit official results from GRE (Code 4695), GMAT (Code 5613), MAT (Code 2287), or other designated tests as determined by your program. 
  • 1-page resume  
  • Contact information for 2 professional recommenders who can speak to your abilities as a potential graduate student  
  • The Arts Leadership program strongly encourages applicants to contact their recommenders beforehand, as recommenders will be automatically be emailed the letter of recommendation portal upon application submission  
  • Optional but encouraged statement of financial need  

To be considered for scholarships, select “MFA Arts Leadership” from the program drop-down menu when filling out the Application Requirements page in the Seattle University Graduate Application, and follow the steps as prompted. 

Please be prepared to respond to the following prompt 

  • In approximately 750 words, please describe one leadership experience and articulate how this experience demonstrates your potential for arts leadership in the future. 

Prospective students should be prepared to upload these materials when applying to Seattle University. The application can be saved and returned to later.  

The FAFSA is not required to apply for scholarships. However, students are encouraged to fill out a FASFA if applying for the Arts Leadership program. 

Scholarship awardees will be notified upon admission into the Arts Leadership MFA program. Funds are distributed after student has confirmed enrollment in the Arts Leadership program and registered for their first quarter Fall Quarter. 

Scholarship amounts are divided equally between three academic terms in the student’s first program year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and four academic terms in the student’s second program year (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring).  

Domestic and permanent resident applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA to be eligible for any need-based endowed or external scholarships and/or graduate student loans.  

Endowed scholarship consideration may require additional documents and recipients may be notified after admission depending upon the selection criteria.  

Scholarshipamounts are based upon the full-time enrollment of minimally 6 quarter credits per term. Students taking less than 6 quarter credits will have their award amount pro-rated accordingly. 

To Apply: 

Ready to apply to the Arts Leadership MFA program? Click here to start your application!  


Deadline: March 15, 2021

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401

Student Financial Services