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Support the BSU Scholarship

The Black Student Union (BSU) Scholarship Endowment is the first student-led, Black-serving scholarship at Seattle University. The scholarship is intended to increase the enrollment of Black and African-American students and help them thrive in the academic world with fewer financial burdens. 

Apply for the BSU Scholarship

BSU encourages new and returning students to apply for the BSU Endowed Scholarship.  Please see the information provided below for more information.  The link for the application is below.

Two awards of $4K will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year.  These will be awarded for one year.  Awardees would be eligible to apply for the scholarship again until they no longer have student standing at Seattle University.

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Important Dates for 2022

  • Applications Due: June 30, 2022
  • Award Notifications: August 15, 2022

FAQs

Question: Who is eligible for the scholarship?

Any incoming or returning Seattle University student is eligible to apply for the BSU Endowed Scholarship.  Students will need to be involved in BSU and/or intend to be an active member of BSU.  Applicants will also need to provide a narrative on their financial need.

Question: How is the endowment funded?

BSU leaders in partnership with the Seattle U Advancement department worked to raise the money for the endowment.  Endowed scholarships need at least $50K to be created.  

Question: How are the scholarship recipient(s) determined?

BSU leaders identify and select committee members to select one or more awardees.  The committee is made of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Seattle University.

Question: How will I know if I receive the scholarship?

Scholarship awardees will be notified via their Seattle U email about their status.  

Question: If I receive the scholarship, will I need to reapply annually or will I automatically receive the award?

Awards are given on an annual basis which means that the award is only good for one year.  Student awardees are encouraged to reapply for the scholarship annually.

Question: Who should I contact if I have questions?

Questions should be sent to the current BSU presidents, Maddy Massinga and Ruth Zekariase.

A scholarship would make not only me but my community feel appreciated knowing that others reached out and donated. It also shows that others appreciate black students. A scholarship would make me feel seen, supported, and represented at Seattle U.

Marianna Santos-McGee '24

About the BSU Scholarship

The Black Student Union (BSU) Scholarship Endowment is the first student-led, Black-serving scholarship at Seattle University. The scholarship is intended to increase the enrollment of Black and African-American students and help them thrive in the academic world with fewer financial burdens. 

Seattle University's BSU is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for Black and Brown students at SU, to connect with and support other Black students as they navigate a predominantly nonBlack university by means of critical discussion, active listening, organizing, and personal reflection.

This year, with support from donors like you, we are able to award scholarships to Black students in need of financial assistance. Community, you can help the BSU Endowment reach its fundraising goal of $200,000! Every single gift counts and is meaningful. 

This amount will allow the BSU to disperse scholarships to multiple students for years to come. This is a huge step towards making the university a more accessible environment for Black students and would highlight the Seattle U community's commitment to supporting and uplifting marginalized students by helping to fund their education.

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