Gifts of all sizes help Seattle University provide a uniquely rigorous, Jesuit-inspired student experience that boosts academic success and fosters professional and personal formation.

Read about some of the people at Seattle University who are guided by purpose and driven by passion to create a more just and humane world.

Lorraine Davis, ‘18

Supporting Student Success

Lorraine Davis, ‘18 is one of the Fostering Scholars Program’s many success stories.

Two student sitting by the fountain in the quad

A Matter of Mental Health

Seattle U’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team provides essential support and guidance to students during times of difficulty and distress.

Alex Levinson, ’18

Redefining Success in the IEP Classroom

Alex Levinson, ’18 said his early experiences have guided him to work with marginalized children impacted by trauma.

The installation of Provost Shane P. Martin

New Provost on Excellence at Seattle U

What’s unique about Jesuit education, according to Seattle University Provost Shane P. Martin, is the integration of all of these important priorities in an inclusive manner, and how they inform one another. 

A group of students standing in a circle outdoors at a student retreat

Attending to Students' Mind, Body and Spirit

Campus Ministry, a department under the auspices of Student Development, runs a number of student retreats and immersions each year. 

2018 Costco Scholarship Undergrads and Alumni

19th Annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast

Over the past 19 years Costco Scholarships have given the transformative gift of higher education to 1,033 deserving underrepresented students in the greater Seattle area.

Jesse standing in front of green trees.

Work Outside the Classroom Connects Academics and Service Values

Learn more about how Jesse Goncalves used service and community impact to enrich learning outside of the classroom.

Marika leaning on a black pole in front of some bushes.

Bridging the Gap to Education

Marika Yaplee did everything in her power to realize her dream of attending Seattle University. Her family had no financial resources to contribute, so she had to figure out how to pay for Seattle U herself.

Two students smiling, standing in front of a brick building.

Roger Gillis, S.J. Endowment to Enliven the Student Experience

Fr. Gillis believed in providing multiple access points to help Seattle University students “come home to themselves.” His philosophy is as relevant now as ever as we serve a student body that is increasingly diverse.

Danuta smiling in front of green trees.

Forming Nurse Leaders with Conviction

Danuta Wojnar's path to becoming a College of Nursing professor and associate dean is one the recently naturalized U.S. citizen describes as “the rivers of my life coming together.”

DoQuyen smiling.

Leading the Future of Primary Health Care

DoQuyen Huynh’s decision to become a nurse practitioner (NP) was inspired by her experience growing up in Bellevue as a Vietnamese political refugee who had immigrated at 11 with her family.

Majd standing in front of a university building.

Developing Ethical Global Leaders

A child of war-torn Palestine, Majd Baniodeh was already a citizen of the world when she arrived at Seattle University.

John and Diane Dougherty standing in front of a Redhawks football photo.

For What Matters Most

John and Diana Dougherty fulfil one of their dreams by giving back to Seattle University with a gift by will.

Ezra and his wife Yobi standing in front of greenery.

Grateful Heart Repays Education Through Service and Jesuit Values

Ezra Teshome arrived at Seattle University in the early 1970s from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He wanted to continue the Jesuit education he’d experienced as a student at Nativity Boys’ School, a missionary school in Ethiopia. However, paying for college proved a struggle.

Joseph standing facing a window.

2020 Alumnus of the Year

A beacon of hope and a voice for his community and district, Joseph Nguyen '06, is determined to use his platform to elevate voices and ideas that, in the past, have been left out of the conversation.

Bridget smiling in a workshop.

Real-World Experience Leads to Career Leadership

One of three women in her class, Bridget Brewer used the Project Center to launch a career in leadership while holding onto the Jesuit concept of questioning and owning her decisions and values.

Aerica standing in front of a concrete pillar and brick wall.

2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna

A vibrant leader and advocate for underrepresented communities, Aerica Shimizu Banks has worked both in and alongside government to drive sustainable change for communities of color and women.

Angela standing in front of greenery while smiling and holding her phone.

Discovering Scholar and Community in Diverse STEM Program

With compassion and community, Angela Flores-Marcus blossomed with success in STEM studies.

Zandrea sitting on a couch and smiling to her right.

Rooted in Jesuit Values, Nurse Tackles Systemic Health Care from the Margins

Finding social justice through nursing, Zandrea Harlin relies on her Jesuit values to tackle disparities in systemic health care.

Henry speaking during a lecture.

Engineering Professor Lights African Village and Empowers Students

Henry Louie brings light to villages in Africa and lights up student academic success, bringing real-life experience to STEM studies.

Emily standing outside in front of greenery.

Serving Global Communities

A global STEM partnership empowered Emily Graham with a vision to pursue her civil engineering career abroad supporting people and projects where resources are scarce.

The entire Burke family sitting together.

A Family Legacy of Community, Faith and Philanthropy

The Burke family’s strong faith extends to support for Catholic education, exemplified by their long Seattle University legacy, and a new blended gift establishing the Burke Family Endowed Scholarship for Catholic Education.

Sarah and Brad wearing masks and holding up medical kits.

Nursing Students Build on Public Health Internship Experience

Sarah Dean, BSN ’20, and Brad Fifield, BSN ’20, received a grant from King County Nurses Associate (KCNA) to pursue their project “Navigating Wound Care for the Homeless”.

Gary and Diane standing together in front of a mountainside.

Giving with Ease

The Jesuit values instilled in Gary, ’67, and Diane (Faudree) Buckley, ’67, during their undergraduate experiences at Seattle University – concern for the less fortunate, for social justice and for taking personal responsibility to help build community wherever one lives – are foundational to the life they have built together over the past 50 years.

Sergio Rivas getting ready to kick a soccerball.

Data Driven Athletics

Learn how the Men's Soccer team and the SU Kineseology department used wearable technology as a means to assess player fatigue levels on the field for injury prevention, and also as a tool to help build endurance.

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Don working with chemistry students in a lab.

A Chance to Live a Good Life

Throughout his life, Don Hoba remained connected with Seattle University and often praised the excellent education he received here. For this reason, he named Seattle University as the sole beneficiary of his estate.

Three students doing research on a laptop computer.

Victim to Survivor to Leader

Learn how a team of scholars came together to research gender-based violence and empower women in Guatemala. 

Calhoun Fellows

Working for Equal Justice

The program introduces law students to seasoned public interest lawyers, State Supreme Court justices, community activists and others entrusted with interpreting, advocating for and enforcing laws.

Headshots of Chris Canlas, ’00, and Rob Nielsen, ’07.

Alumni Impact the Campaign for the Uncommon Good

Learn about the Alumni Task Force helped the Campaign for the Uncommon Good succeed.