Office of Multicultural Affairs
Students of Color Programs and Services

Costco Scholars

  • In Fall of 2000, Costco joined forces with Seattle University and the University of Washington to create scholarships for underrepresented minority students. The Costco Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to high-achieving students who wish to attend SU or UW. The fund was created by the generous contributions of many individuals and organizations through an annual fundraising event sponsored by chief executives of Costco Wholesale. The Costco Scholarship Fund is administered by the College Success Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

    For general information regarding the Costco Scholarship Fund, contact the College Success Foundation at (425) 416-2035 or email info@costcoscholarshipfund.org.

    • Are of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage.
    • High school grade point average of 3.0 or better.
    • Registered for full-time enrollment at Seattle University and will be entering the university as freshmen.

    The scholarship is renewable each year, for four years, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. The student must complete 36 credits per academic year with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    Application Process

    Students are considered for the Costco scholarship as part of the normal admissions and financial aid process at each of the two universities. The Undergraduate Application for Admissions and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for consideration. Scholarship awards range from $2,500 - $14,500 and are based on financial need.

    There is additional information on Seattle University's website. To learn more about the specific application procedures, please contact:

    Seattle University
    Office of Student Financial Services
    University Services Building
    901 12th Avenue
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 296-2000, select option 2
    financialservices@seattleu.edu

    Costco Scholars Program

    The Costco Scholarship Fund began in 2000 when Costco leaders Jim Sinegal and Jeff Brotman joined forces with Seattle University and the University of Washington to create scholarships for underrepresented minority students. To date this program has generated almost 25 million dollars in scholarship support for more than 1,000 scholars.

    As recipients of the Costco Scholarship, students will become part of a "Costco Scholars Community." Students will be provided with opportunities to bond with other Costco Scholars, fostering a community among scholarship recipients and with the campus community, as well as creating a deeper connection between students, staff, and faculty.

    Students will be presented with various quality programs and services offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) each academic quarter, all of which support the academic, personal/social, and cultural success of Costco Scholars. Students will also receive financial and academic support of the SU community, both among faculty and administration.

    Here are some of the ways that Costco and Seattle University support the success of Costco Scholars:

    Scholarship

    The Costco Scholarship is granted to you in addition to your general financial aid package. This is additional aid for which you have been selected.

    Community building

    Students will be presented with various quality programs and services offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) each academic quarter, all of which support the academic, personal/social, and cultural success of Costco Scholars.

    Professional development

    Career Services offers many opportunities to develop skills through resume writing workshops, interviewing practice, and more to prepare scholars for special internships and employment postings made available through the larger network of Costco executives and supplier partners.

    Networking

    Costco Scholars Alumni are former Costco Scholars who have graduated and want to help you succeed at Seattle U and encourage you to stay connected once you graduate.

    For more information regarding the Costco Scholars Program, contact Juanita Jasso at (206) 296-6074.

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