SUMSS Scholarship

SUMSS Scholarship

A scholarship program built to help high-achieving students with demonstrated financial need pursue career opportunities in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

The Seattle University Math and Science Scholars (SUMSS) program is designed to help low-income students support study in the sciences.


Up to $10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at Seattle University.


Scholarship recipients must be:

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need. Applicants must complete the FAFSA and demonstrate need through Pell Grant eligibility
  • First-Time-in-College (FTIC) student
    • An FTIC student is someone who has never attended a postsecondary college or university. Students with college credits obtained through programs like Running Start, AP, and IB are still counted as FTIC students
  • Declared major in any program offered by the Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics departments, or a declared Pre-Science major intending to major in a Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics program Eligible programs include:
    • BA in Biology
    • BS in Biology
    • BS in Cell and Molecular Biology
    • BS in Marine and Conservation Biology
    • BA in Chemistry
    • BS in Chemistry
    • BS in Biochemistry
    • BA in Mathematics
    • BS in Mathematics
    • BS in Mathematics - Applied Math Specialization
    • BS in Mathematics - Pure Math Specialization

How to Apply

Applications are due March 15th.

Once the application materials are received and reviewed, the Selection Committee will interview selected applicants and determine final awardees. We plan to conduct interviews during the week of March 27th.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-April.

About the SUMSS Program

The SUMSS program supports students in three ways: Scholarship Funds, Academic Support, Career Development Support. The program also offers an early opportunity for students to engage in mentored undergraduate research.

Scholarship Funds

The SUMSS program covers up to $10,000 per year in tuition expenses for students. Funds are renewable for up to four (4) years of study.

Academic Support

SUMSS participants receive additional advising and support to help them succeed across four years.

  • Scholars study together in a cohort and have a community to rely on facilitated by faculty mentors
  • Faculty and advisors organize events to help students connect with other Scholars from all academic years for knowledge sharing

Career Development

All SUMSS participants will engage in an intentional four-year career exploration process designed to enhance their readiness for the job market after graduation. 

Scholars will also engage in a one-quarter data science research course, where they learn how to apply data science techniques to research projects in the biological and chemical sciences. 

Scholars and faculty advisors will also engage with the Career Engagement Office and other resource offices on campus to develop their professional skills for applications and interviewing.

Apply for the SUMSS Program

Please use this link to start your application.


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