Sullivan Leadership Award


The Competition Process

Each year, a theme is selected for the Sullivan Leadership Award competition. The theme provides a focus for the readings, speakers and discussions throughout the process and encourages participants to investigate complex issues surrounding the year's topic. 

Admission decisions will be mailed to Sullivan Leadership Award applicants on or before December 23, 2015. Only qualified applicants who are offered Early Action admission to Seattle University will be invited to continue in the Sullivan Leadership Award competition event on January 16, 2016. Students offered Early Action admission have until May 1, 2016, to notify Seattle University whether they wish to accept admission and enroll.

Sullivan Leaders' Day—January 16, 2016

To be eligible for further consideration for the Sullivan Leadership Award, students invited to Sullivan Leaders' Day must come to the Seattle University campus for this event on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Students who are unable to participate in Sullivan Leaders' Day will receive continued consideration for other scholarships, but only applicants in attendance on Leaders' Day will be eligible for the Sullivan Leadership Award.

On Sullivan Leaders' Day, all participants will be asked to write a prompted essay in response to the articles selected for the year's theme.  They will also meet with current Sullivan Scholars, tour the campus, attend a panel presentation on the year's theme and participate in small group discussions. Approximately 350 students will participate in Leaders' Day. Students participating in the Sullivan Leaders' Day event should plan to be on campus from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Sullivan Selection Committee decisions following Sullivan Leaders' Day will be mailed to all applicants on or before February 6, 2016.

Sullivan Finalists' Day—February 26, 2016

After evaluating the applications and the Leaders' Day essays, the Selection Committee will invite 45 finalists to return to campus on Friday, February 26, 2016, for the final round of the competition. These finalists will give brief oral presentations based on a book that will be provided and will be interviewed by committee members. There will also be a celebratory dinner for the finalists and their guests. Nine students will be selected from this group of finalists to receive the Sullivan Leadership Award. The 45 finalists should plan to be on campus from noon to 9 PM.

The Sullivan Selection Committee decisions following Sullivan Finalists' Day will be mailed to all Finalists on or before March 23, 2016. Nine Sullivan Leadership Awards are granted each year.


November 15, 2015
Deadline for receipt of Sullivan Leadership Award applications (and complete admissions applications, including SAT or ACT test scores)

December 23, 2015
Applicants notified of eligibility to continue in the competition

January 16, 2016, Saturday
Eligible applicants attend Sullivan Leaders' Day on the Seattle University campus and write a prompted essay 

February 26, 2016, Friday 
45 finalists for the award attend Sullivan Finalists' Day on the Seattle University campus to give a speech, be interviewed and attend a recognition dinner

by March 23, 2016 
The nine Sullivan Leadership Award recipients notified; 36 finalists notified and invited to be on an alternate list

May 1, 2016
Deadline for accepted students to make their college choices