Award Application

The Sullivan Leadership Award is eligible to first-year students residing in and attending school in the USA.

Due to the cohort nature of the Sullivan program, students with more than one year of dual enrollment / college coursework completed at the time of high school graduation are ineligible for the award. Please email if you have any eligibility questions.

The Sullivan Leadership Award application consists of three components that may be submitted using our online application. Please note that you will be given access to this application after your Common Application has been submitted and processed by Seattle University. The instructions below are to help you plan and prepare.


Write an essay introducing yourself to the Selection Committee. In this essay, please address two of the five Sullivan Leadership Program Values (Academic Excellence, Leadership & Service, Spirituality, Global Engagement, and Community) and explain how they resonate with your current interests and service work. 

Be sure to include specific examples of your school and community activities in the essay. You may organize your response however you think works best to clearly communicate your experiences and perspectives.

Please limit the essay to 250-500 words. The online form supports Word documents and PDF files.

Leadership Resume

Please provide a resume of service and leadership experiences. This may include experiences in student government, athletics, the arts, religious service groups, community service and part-time employment. It is appropriate to note service trips and education abroad experiences here as well. Awards, special recognition, and honor society memberships should be included.

Please follow the format and instructions given on the Sullivan Resume sample. DO NOT include GPA or test scores. Please limit the resume to two pages. 

Letter of Recommendation

We require one letter of recommendation. This letter may come from a counselor, teacher, supervisor, coach, or another individual familiar with your leadership and service efforts at school or in the community. Letter writers are encouraged to address your oral and written communication skills, interactions with peers and adults, level of responsibility, and community involvement.

You will have the opportunity to nominate this recommender as part of the application process. You may use a one of your recommendations from the Common Application.

If your recommenders do not have access to email or the Common Application, you may use the attached Sullivan Recommendation Form here for them to submit to Seattle University. 

You will be given access to the Sullivan Application after your Common Application has been submitted and processed by Seattle University. Please view the video below on how to apply.

Instructions on how to apply to the Sullivan Leadership Award