Explore the various scholarships offered through the College of Science and Engineering.

Helping to Fund Your Future

The College of Science and Engineering offers several scholarship opportunities to incoming freshman, transfer and current students.  Many scholarships are offered in addition to financial aid you may receive through Seattle University.

For answers to many common questions, please scroll to the bottom of this page and check out the FAQ section.

Bannan Scholarship

Junior and Senior Merit Award of $6000/year

The Thomas J. Bannan Scholarship program for students in Seattle University's College of Science and Engineering awards scholarships to both current students and new transfer students who have junior or senior standing in the fall of the award year. A Bannan Scholarship is a merit award of $6000 per year.

Initial award criteria for the scholarship includes having a junior or senior standing by fall of the award year as a continuing student or new transfer student, as well as a GPA of 3.5 or higher for previous college-level work.

For juniors, this two-year award is subject to academic performance demonstrated by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 and active participation in the Bannan Scholars Enrichment program. This program includes service, scholarly and social activities, as well as opportunities to compete for one of several Bannan Scholars summer research stipends.

This scholarship is open to international, continuing or transfer students. Sullivan Scholars, Naef Scholars, post-baccalaureate, fifth-year and graduate students are not eligible.

Bannan Application Deadlines for 2024-2025 Scholarships:

  • Continuing Students - February 9, 2024
  • Transfer Students - May 10, 2024

Total financial aid awards cannot exceed tuition.

Applications will open in early January.

Sperry Goodman Scholarship

Incoming Freshman Award of $5000/year

Sperry Goodman earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from Seattle University in 1969. Following graduation, Goodman worked for the Boeing Company, where he made significant and groundbreaking contributions in electrical engineering.

The Sperry Goodman Endowed Scholarship was established with a $1,000,000 gift from the estate of Sperry Goodman in 1999. The scholarship is for incoming freshmen majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline. Preference is given to students with financial need. A Sperry Goodman Scholarship is an award of $5,000 per year.

This scholarship is renewable for a second year provided recipients maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in one of the above majors.

The application deadline is March 8, 2024.

Total financial aid awards cannot exceed tuition.

Applications will open in early January.

SU Physics Scholarship

The SU Physics Scholarship is a merit scholarship of $5000 intended to support a physics major of strong academic potential in their pursuit of a B.A. or B.S. in physics. To be considered for this scholarship, a candidate must be a rising junior or senior enrolled full time as a physics major. They must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above, and have completed PHYS 1230 by the end of Spring Quarter.

Additional Science and Engineering Scholarships

The College of Science and Engineering offers additional scholarships for continuing Seattle University undergraduates (eligible students must have completed at least one quarter of coursework at SU):

  • Boeing Company Corporate Scholarship
  • Coughlin Porter Lundeen Scholarship
  • ECE Advisory Board Impact Scholarship
  • Edwin W. Brotherton Scholarship in Computer Science
  • George R. Murphy Engineering Scholarship
  • James and Donna Knight Endowed Scholarship
  • John G. Menges Endowed Scholarship
  • Richard Schwaegler Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering
  • Physics Scholarship

Head to ScholarshipUniverse to explore the scholarships offered and find detailed information about each scholarship. The application window for most scholarships typically opens on April 1 and closes by April 30.

At the end of May, recipients will be notified by Students Financial Services and awards will be added to their financial aid offers.

Note: Depending on endowment funding, not every scholarship is available each year.

Bannan Scholarship FAQ

No, returning scholars do not re-apply for the scholarship.  If you have actively participated in the Bannan Scholar Enrichment program and maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a major in the College of Science and Engineering, you will be notified via email to complete a new contract.

SU transcripts can be unofficial.

Download your unofficial transcript on SU online and then submit via the online application.

All non-SU transcripts must be official and submitted electronically to:  Most universities and colleges have the option for you to request official transcripts to be sent electronically.

No, we do not need the official transcripts from the previous institution, because those transcripts have already been reviewed by the Registrar and the grades should be reflected on your SU transcript.

Only one letter of recommendation is required; do not submit more than one.

The letter of recommendation is strongest when the writer knows about you and can speak to your personal qualities prompted by the letter request: 1) team-work, 2) leadership, 3) self-motivation, 4) scholarship and 5) likelihood of active participation in a scholarship enrichment program.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to:

Fill out the student's release form and submit it to your recommender. Please advise your recommender to submit the release form via email to, along with your letter of recommendation.

In order to be considered a junior or senior, you must be eligible to take junior- or senior-level courses in your major. 

Yes, you can still apply for the Bannan Scholarship and participate in the Bannan Scholars Enrichment program; however, you would not receive the $6000 in scholarship funds.  Total financial aid awards cannot exceed tuition.

The Bannan Scholars Enrichment program includes social, scholarly and service activities recommended and identified by the Bannan faculty mentor and selected/decided upon by the group.  The activities are based on student preferences and differ annually. The students form strong bonds within the cohort and encourage each other through their junior and senior years at Seattle University.

"Service activities" means direct, meaningful actions through organized community service efforts.  If you feel that additional information is needed to substantiate your service activity, please include an appropriate explanation on your essay application question.

Contact Us

For more information about scholarships, please inquire below.

Chandra Catron

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