2023-2024 Application

Applications will be open until May 18th, 2023, after which they will be reviewed and eligible students will be asked to interview.

Download the application for the Naef Scholarship Program here: Naef Application 2023-2024



Any undergraduate at Seattle University is eligible for this award if that student meets the following requirements:

  • Has demonstrated commitment to social justice leadership in their communities.
  • Makes a binding commitment to participate in the Naef Scholars Program.
  • Will have completed at least 90 credit hours  at Seattle University before Fall Quarter 2023. No transfer or AP/IB credits can be included.
  • Has a Seattle University GPA of 3.4 or above.
  • Intends to enroll as a full-time (45 credits) student  at Seattle University during the 2023-2024 academic year. SU-sponsored study abroad programs are allowed, but only for one quarter.
  • Has not been a Naef Scholar for more than two years.
  • Is not a Sullivan Scholar or a fifth-year senior.
  • Is not exclusively enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering. (The Bannan Scholarship Program serves a similar purpose for students in this college.)

Application Materials


Explain in a one page, single-spaced statement why you are a good fit for the Naef Scholarship program based on the background and qualifications above. The statistical material — GPA, credit hours, and so on — in your transcript speaks for itself. Instead, use this statement to convey how your life experiences, your academic work, and your commitment to social justice leadership have shaped who you are and the impact you want to make on the communities to which you belong.

Next provide a one-page resume of your non-academic activities — work, extracurricular and personal commitments, activist work, hobbies, athletics, etc. 

Once you have completed these documents, please solicit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty member or academic advisor. (Providing your personal statement and non-academic resume to your recommenders will help them craft their letters.) Have your recommenders send their letters directly to naef@seattleu.edu with your name in the subject line.

Finally, download and submit a transcript taken from your SU Online account; be sure that it includes winter 2023 grades.

All applications and recommendations are due by May 18th, 2023. Send all materials, including the application form, via email to naef@seattleu.edu.


Dr. Natalie Cisneros

Associate Professor, Philosophy