Clapp Scholarship

The Bill and Paula Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship

The Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship recognizes academically successful sophomores who have demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to international humanitarian service. A cohort of four scholars is selected to receive the $10,000 award each year. Awards are renewable through a scholar's graduating year and are contingent on academic progress and service activities. 

The award was made possible by a gift to Seattle University from Bill and Paula Clapp, the founders of the Seattle International Foundation and Global Partnerships, two international development organizations based in Seattle, WA.

Program Values

Global Awareness

We promote understanding of humanitarian issues affecting the global community, are compassionate towards those facing adversity, and work to preserve and advance the richness of human lives worldwide


We actively engage with all the communities of which we are a part and cultivate an environment in which listening is as much an activity as speaking.


We commit to service that demonstrates authentic care for others and engages both ourselves and those with whom we are in partnership.


We strive to expand knowledge for ourselves and others, to think critically, and to increase access to knowledge resources for our communities and partners globally.

How to become a Clapp Scholar

Applications become available in early spring each year. Each application is reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff, and then shortlisted finalists are interviewed. The following selection criteria are considered:

  • Rising Sophomore
  • Academic success (a GPA of 3.5 or above)
  • Demonstrated commitment to humanitarian service internationally or locally through participation in courses or activities
  • Leadership potential
  • Financial need

For questions about applying for the Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship, please contact Kristopher Shultz,