All admitted applicants are considered for Seattle University Graduate Scholarships in Public Administration based upon a holistic review of all information received in the application process and available funding. Applicants are encouraged to include a statement of any special personal or family circumstances affecting their need for financial assistance. The question is embedded into the admission application itself; no additional application is required.
The MPA program offers two scholarship opportunities for new incoming students:
Collins Departmental Scholarship supports students demonstrating commitment to public service in government or the nonprofit sector through work, studies, and community engagement. Financial need is strongly considered when selecting recipients and the amount of their award. All incoming students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Award amounts range between $1,200 and $5,400 for one academic year and are renewable for the second year of study based on available funds. Students who meet the priority admissions deadline for a respective quarter receive priority in scholarship consideration.
Quarter for Admission/Priority Application Deadline
Continued Enrollment Requirement
In recognition of their invaluable service and commitment to positive impact in our communities, Seattle University offers the following benefits for AmeriCorps/PeaceCorps alums. All applicants to Seattle University Graduate Programs are eligible to apply for the AmeriCorps/PeaceCorps Alumni Scholarship.
Total award amount of $3,000 applies toward tuition, which is distributed over the first two years of the student's academic program. Eligible applicants must have successfully completed (or will have completed) an AmeriCorps/PeaceCorps term of service by the time of enrollment in their graduate program.
How to Apply
Notice of Scholarship Award
AmeriCorps/PeaceCorps Alumni Scholarship award decisions will be made after admissions decisions. For scholarship applications submitted before April 30, Seattle University will notify applicants of scholarship decisions by June 1. For applications submitted after April 30, Seattle University will notify applicants of scholarship decisions made on a case-by-case basis, depending on funds remaining. The AmeriCorps/PeaceCorps Alumni Scholarship Awards Committee meets in May of each year.
Application Fee Waiver
In addition, AmeriCorps alums who complete an application for the MPA, MPA/JD, or Certificate in Public Administration program may request an application fee waiver (these are currently waived for all students). In the "Fee Payment" section of their online application, applicants should indicate they are an AmeriCorps alum in order to receive the fee waiver.
Students are strongly encouraged to explore other financial opportunities by contacting Seattle University’s Office of Student Financial Services at (206) 220-8020 or by visiting their website.
For scholarship questions, please contact Nicole Moses, MPA Program Coordinator, by email.
Fall: July 20th
Winter: October 20th - Extended to November 20th!
Spring: February 20th
Summer: May 20th