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A Record-Breaking Year for Costco Scholarships

September 29, 2022

Costco Scholars at Pike Place Market

Image credit: Yosef Kalinko

Costco Scholars (l-r) Christina Beavers, '24, Sharol Fernandez-Hernandez, '22, and Alianna Xu, '25, at Seattle's Pike Place Market.

Fund helps make college a reality for many underrepresented students.  

The 23rd Annual Costco Scholars Breakfast was one for the record books. 

This year’s event, back in person at Meydenbauer Center on September 21, raised $5.5 million—the most ever—for scholarships that benefit Seattle University and University of Washington students. Costco Scholar alums Colina Bruce, ’07, ’15, and Sharol Fernandez-Hernandez, ’22, were the guest speakers.

“This scholarship not only touched my life, but also the life of my family and more,” says Fernandez-Hernandez. “It built a path for those who have watched my journey, my siblings and members of my community who are also beginning their journeys toward brighter futures despite their own circumstances.”

Since its inception in 2000, the Costco Scholars program has raised nearly $76 million, split between SU and the UW, to create scholarships for underrepresented students and making possible the transformative gift of higher education to more than 2,200 students—1,200 at SU alone. These students have in turn enriched our campus with the strength that derives from a diverse academic community.

“Costco Scholars are resilient, ambitious and determined to succeed. They enliven our student body through their unique backgrounds and experiences. Their voices diversify our student culture and their impact extends beyond Seattle University’s campus through their service to the community,” says President Eduardo Peñalver.

Watch a video with Colina Bruce, discussing her experiences as an SU graduate, Costco Scholar and business owner.

Learn more about the Costco Scholarship Fund.