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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:

One award of $10,000. The scholarship is paid out in equal quarterly installments over the course of the program.

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.

Closing Dates for Applications:

March 15, 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Recipients must submit their admissions application to the Masters program by priority deadline of March 15, 2019.
  • Recipients must be admitted into the MNPL program.
  • Recipients must remain students in good standing for the duration of their award period.

Application Requirements:

  • Leadership statement (see application for instructions).
  • Reference letter from a current or past supervisor specifically speaking to how you demonstrate purposeful leadership and show courageous commitment.

Review Process:

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

Mary Stewart Hall Rising Leader Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form (MSH Rising Leader Scholarship Application Available 12/31/18)

Contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Angela Cabatbat, for questions.

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