Mary Stewart Hall Scholarship

Scholarships Overview and Application

The 2020 Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship Overview and Application will be available online starting December 15, 2019.  


The Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) Mary Stewart Hall Rising Leader Scholarship is awarded to an incoming graduate student who has 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:

One award of $10,000, distributed in equal quarterly installments over both years of the program (Fall 2020-Spring 2022). The recipient must remain enrolled in the MNPL program and maintain good academic standing to continue receiving the scholarship. 

Closing Date:

All scholarship materials must be received by March 15, 2020.

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 3.5 or above.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Recipients must be newly admitted to the MNPL program for Fall 2020. 
  • Recipients must remain in good academic standing to continue receiving the scholarship.

Notice of Scholarship Award:

We will notify applicants by April 15 whether or not you received the Mary Stewart Hall Scholarship Award. 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.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online Master of Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Admission Application.
  • Complete the online Master of Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship Application.
  • Leadership statement (see MNPL Scholarship Overview and Application for instructions).
  • Reference letter from a current or past supervisor specifically speaking to how you demonstrate purposeful leadership and show courageous commitment.
  • Optional: You are invited to attach a separate document (500 words max) to describe any special circumstances we should consider in determining your financial need.


Additional Information:

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


Maureen Emerson Feit, Director, Nonprofit Leadership

Maureen Emerson Feit



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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