About the Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the Seattle Public Library Foundation that encourages the libraries of their community. Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition is awarded to enrich the power of public libraries.

The SPL Foundation provides multiple programs that help The Seattle Public Library to achieve its goals and service such as Building new libraries, Programming facility for everyone, Providing Books and resources, awarding funds for special collections, helping the persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, Technology resources for the library improvement. An applicant must be a high school senior or undergraduate student who must study at Seattle Public High School.


How to Apply for Scholarship?

  • In order to apply for this competition, an applicant must write an essay about individuals or a group of individuals who have demonstrated civic courage with respect to community service.

  • An essay must contain at least three sources such as newspaper articles, books, or personal interviews, and must include at least one primary source as mentioned by the financial aid.

  • In addition to that, an essay must contain a bibliography and in-text citations using a standard format.


Award Amount and Deadline

The Foundation is providing the awards in two places. The first-place winner gets $5000, and the second winner gets $2500. In addition to that, the winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library.

All applicants need to apply for this scholarship by submitting all the necessary documents no later than March 15.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have their own Seattle Public Library card to receive this award.

  • Applicants must be a legal resident of Seattle and must work or study at Seattle.

  • A student must be 13 years of age or older and be a citizen of the United States.

  • A student must be a current high school senior or undergraduate enrolled at a two or four-year college.