Mary Stewart Hall Scholarship


The Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) Mary Stewart Hall Rising Leader Scholarship is awarded to two incoming graduate students who have a record of strong academic performance, outstanding leadership potential, and a commitment to working and making positive contributions to the nonprofit sector.


The Rising Leader Scholarship is named for Mary Stewart Hall, Ph.D., founding Director of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. Dr. Hall had a distinguished record of leading philanthropic initiatives regionally and nationally. In the 1990’s she led the statewide initiative to identify the competencies needed for effective nonprofit leadership, which became the basis of the MNPL curriculum.

Dr. Hall was known for identifying rising leaders, and encouraging them to join the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University so that they could accelerate their contributions to the sector. This scholarship honors her legacy by investing in students with outstanding potential.

Award Amount and Timeline:

Two students will be selected to receive a scholarship. Each scholarship award is $7500 and is distributed in equal quarterly installments over the first two years of the program (Fall 2021-Spring 2023). The recipient must remain enrolled in at least six credits/per quarter in the MNPL program, maintain good academic standing, and must also continue to qualify for federal financial aid (through FAFSA completion) 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.

Award Criteria:

  • Purposeful Leadership: A track record of organizing, mobilizing or inspiring others.
  • Courageous Commitment: Working and influencing change within the nonprofit sector.
  • Academic Excellence: Minimum GPA of 3.00 or above.

All complete applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. Candidates will be evaluated based on the award criteria and may be asked to meet with the committee for further consideration.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Recipients must be newly admitted to the MNPL program for Fall 2021.
  • Recipients must have completed the 2021-22 FAFSA.
  • Priority is given to applicants with demonstrated financial need including the optional but encouraged statement of any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online Mary Stewart Hall Rising Leader Scholarship Application 2021, including an essay response (500 words max) to the following statement: 
    • Write your definition of leadership and explain how you are or hope to be a leader who changes the world or creates positive change within your community.

Notice of Scholarship Award:

Mary Stewart Hall Rising Leader Scholarship award decisions will be made after admissions decisions. For applications submitted by March 15, 2021, we will notify applicants of scholarship decisions by April 15. 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


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


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