Access to Education

Costco Scholar Strong

Written By Debbie Black, Sr. Writer Advancement

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Donor commitment to Costco Scholarship Fund remains steadfast despite COVID-19 limitations

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Costco Scholarship Program. Its impact has been transformational, not only for Seattle University’s student scholars, but also for the entire student body--it is the impetus behind the diversification of our student culture.

In 2000, Costco co-founders Jim Sinegal and Jeff Brotman joined with Seattle University and the University of Washington to create scholarships for highly qualified underrepresented students that make college more accessible. The Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast, an annual fundraising event held virtually this year on Sept. 17, brought in nearly $4.4 million from generous donors for scholarships benefitting students at both universities. The event had 1,700 views, equal to the number of registrants for the 2019 in-person breakfast.

The fundraiser featured Seattle U School of Law graduate Noe Merfeld, ’20, who emceed the event and introduced Seattle U’s featured student speaker, Drew Sylva, ’21, who shared his own story of the impact the scholarship had on his academic career. Guests also viewed an alumni video, which highlighted Seattle U alumna Laura Escanola-Flores, ’06, and the difference she is making in the community.

Since its inception, the Costco Scholarship Fund has raised more than $60 million for deserving Seattle U and UW students. We are deeply grateful for the many doors Costco Scholarship Fund co-founders Sinegal and the late Brotman opened, the lives they have changed and dreams made possible through their generosity and steadfast commitment to educational opportunity. 

View the 2020 Costco Scholarship Fund event Here.