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Office of Multicultural Affairs

Costco Scholars

As recipients of the Costco Scholarship, students will become part of a "Costco Scholars Community." Students will be provided with opportunities to bond with other Costco Scholars, fostering a community among scholarship recipients and with the campus community, as well as creating a deeper connection between students, staff, and faculty.

Scholars will have opportunities to engage with a variety of programs and services offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Career Services, and University Advancement throughout the academic year. These programs and services are designed to support the academic, personal/social, and cultural success of Costco Scholars.

Here are some of the ways that Costco and Seattle University support the success of Costco Scholars:

Community Building

The Costco Leadership Advisory Board will be offering a variety of opportunities for Scholars to connect throughout the year for social and educational functions. Students will also be presented with an array of programs and services offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).

Professional Development & Networking

Career Services offers opportunities to develop professional skills and practices through resume writing workshops, mock interviews, 1:1 advising sessions, and so much more. These opportunities are aimed to prepare scholars for special internship and employment postings made available through the larger network of Costco executives and supplier partners.

Through the Office of Alumni Relations, scholars will have opportunities to network and engage with former Costco Scholarship Fund recipients. These alumni are invested in students' success while at Seattle University, and encourage your involvement with the Alumni group upon graduation.

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Costco Scholarship Fund

In Fall of 2000, Costco joined forces with Seattle University and the University of Washington to create scholarships for underrepresented minority students. The Costco Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to high-achieving students who wish to attend SU or UW. The fund was created by the generous contributions of many individuals and organizations through an annual fundraising event sponsored by chief executives of Costco Wholesale. The Costco Scholarship Fund is administered by the College Success Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. To date this program has generated almost 25 million dollars in scholarship support for more than 1,000 scholars.

Scholarship Eligibility & Award

For general information regarding the Costco Scholarship Fund, contact the College Success Foundation at (425) 416-2035 or email

  • Are of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage.
  • High school grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Registered for full-time enrollment at Seattle University and will be entering the university as freshmen.

The Costco Scholarship is granted to students in addition to their general financial aid package. Students are considered for the Costco scholarship as part of the normal admissions and financial aid process. The Undergraduate Application for Admissions and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for consideration. 

The scholarship is renewable each year, for four years, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. The student must complete 36 credits per academic year with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.