Sullivan Leadership Award
  • All of your scholarship, all your study of Shakespeare and Wordsworth would be in vain if at the same time you did not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.

    -Mahatma Gandhi


  • Leadership takes many forms and styles.  Some leaders are charismatic and others lead by example. Among the many leadership styles are servant leadership, participative leadership, delegative leadership, transformational leadership and relations-oriented leadership. The Sullivan Leadership Award exemplifies Seattle University's holistic definition of academic excellence, one that transcends classroom performance and seeks students with diverse leadership styles and personal backgrounds.

    Seattle University's student body is geographically, ethnically, culturally and economically diverse; accordingly, we search for a cohort that mirrors the diversity of Seattle University's student body. Sullivan Leaders represent a variety of heritages—small towns and large cities, public and independent high schools, Catholic and other religious traditions.

    The program's objective is in keeping with Seattle University's overall mission to cultivate leaders who will enter society and work in pursuit of a more just and humane world. To achieve this goal, it is critical that we educate leaders from a variety of backgrounds with whom communities will identify.  


    Applicants for the Sullivan Leadership Award must attend high schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming and be applying as first-time freshman admission to Seattle University for fall quarter 2015.

  • This Year's Theme

    Winners and Losers in a Warming World.

    Windfall by McKenzie Funk