McGoldrick Scholarship 

In 1979, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors established the McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship Program specifically designated for children and grandchildren of SU Alumni. 

The university and its donors are dedicated to supporting this merit scholarship to continue the legacy and excellence of Seattle University from generation to generation. In the past, a committee out of the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors chose a select number of students to receive the McGoldrick Scholarship. Since Fall of 2005, the scholarship is now offered to all eligible first-year students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline of January 15th.

In Recognition 

The McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship is named after Fr. James B. McGoldrick S.J. (1895-1983). The late dean and professor of educational psychology first came to Seattle University in 1931. Through the years, Fr. McGoldrick was a teacher, counselor and friend to thousands of Seattle University students.

In the spirit of Fr. McGoldrick’s dedication to students, the McGoldrick Endowment Fund will help support children and grandchildren of Seattle University alumni.

Scholarship Requirements and Renewal 

SU Scholarship criteria:  

  • Consideration will be given to all legacy undergraduate students, including transfer and international students.
  • Applicant must be a sibling of a current student or alumni, child or grandchild of a qualified alum, or the niece or nephew of clergy who are SU alumni.
  • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and competitive SAT or ACT scores.
  • Applicant must complete the regular application for admission by January 15 (no McGoldrick admission form will be required).
  • Applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.
  • Recipients of the Sullivan Scholarship, Educational Benefits, or Presidential Authorization are not eligible. SU money in combination with other institutional offers cannot exceed tuition.

Scholarship renewal: 

Scholarships will be renewed each year provided that the student completes 45 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 grade point average and follows the standards outlined in the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Scholarship Amount: 

The McGoldrick Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to qualified students based on the criteria above. All parents and students of this heritage will be invited to an annual recognition event during Family Weekend every Fall Quarter. Scholarship recipients and donors to the McGoldrick Scholarship will also be included in the annual scholarship luncheon each spring.

McGoldrick Application Process

Application Process: 

  1. Complete the undergraduate application for new student enrollment.
  2. As part of the undergraduate application, you must list the full name of your family members who attended Seattle University, the date of their attendance, the year of their graduation, their relationship to you, and their maiden name (if applicable).
  3. The fee for the undergraduate application will be waived for all McGoldrick Scholarship applicants.
  4. Notification of the McGoldrick Scholarship will be sent with the student's financial aid award post-acceptance.

Additional information: 

For more information on the McGoldrick Scholarship, please contact the Seattle University Alumni Association at (206) 220-8443 or via email at If you have questions regarding your admission or financial aid eligibility, please call contact the Admissions Office at 206-220-8040 or

Secure the future of the McGoldrick Scholarship– three ways of giving: 

*Send your gift, along with the form on back, to: 

Alumni Office
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

*Online Donations. You may also give a gift via credit card through our secure giving web site.

*Include this scholarship in your will. You may do this by stating in your will, “I give (specify amount or percentage) to Seattle University, Seattle, WA 98122 to be added to the McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship endowment with income to be used for scholarships.” Complete form on back and mail to Seattle University Alumni Assocation.