Departmental Scholarships


Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale

Interim Director


Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

Angela Cabatbat

Program Coordinator


Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

Sarah Curtis-Tilton

Senior Administrative Assistant



The Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) department scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student’s potential for leadership in the nonprofit sector. Financial need is strongly considered when selecting recipients and determining the amount of their award.

Award Amount and Timeline: 

Awards typically range from $1,200 to $7,200. 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). Funds are distributed after the student has confirmed enrollment in the Nonprofit Leadership program and registered for their first quarter (Fall 2021). Scholarship amounts are dispersed as a credit toward tuition. Recipients must remain enrolled in the MNPL program and maintain good academic standing each year to continue receiving the scholarship.

Closing Date:

Scholarship awards are prioritized for those who meet the March 15, 2021, priority application deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 15 will be reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis depending on remaining funds.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Recipients must be newly admitted into the MNPL program for Fall 2021.
  • Recipients must be enrolled in 6 credits their first quarter and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each consecutive quarter for both years of the program (Fall 2021-Spring 2023).
  • Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply:

No separate scholarship application is necessary. All admitted MNPL applicants are considered for this scholarship based upon a holistic review of all information received in the admission application process and available funding, including the optional but encouraged statement of any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

The optional but encouraged embedded scholarship question can be found within the application under the Application Information tab below the Financial Assistance header. Please provide as much relevant contextual information and as many details as possible. If you decide to answer this optional question, it must be answered prior to submitting your application. Otherwise, you won’t be able to login and answer it later.

Notice of Scholarship Award:

Scholarship awardees will be notified upon admission into the Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) program. Please keep in mind the priority admission application deadline is March 15, 2021. For applications submitted after March 15, we will notify applicants of scholarship decisions made on a case-by-case basis depending on remaining funds.

Additional Information:

Students are strongly encouraged to explore other financial opportunities by contacting Seattle University’s Office of Student Financial Services at (206) 220-8020 or  

For scholarship questions, please contact Angela Cabatbat, Graduate Program Coordinator, at

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