Multi-Ethnic Programs
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Multi-Ethnic Programs

Ames Scholarship

Tyra Wilson Bigdeloo, Dakota Wolfe and Alexia Estrada

Seattle Pacific University knows that a diverse community is an asset. In fact, since 2002, the percentage of U.S. domestic ethnic minority students has continued to increase.

The Ames Scholarship, which helps support traditionally underrepresented students of color, is making a difference! To date 128 Ames scholarships have been awarded, and currently 26 SPU Ames Scholars are supported in part through a fund started by a $1 million donation from SPU friends Gary and Barbara Ames.

There are now 75 Ames alumni — some who are in medical school, law school, or graduate school, while others are working in nonprofit organizations, K–12 education, health care, and high tech.

Meet the 2017–18 Ames scholars, and discover the story behind the Ames Scholarship program.

Apply to be an Ames Scholar!

The Ames Scholarship seeks to support students of color coming from the most underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We believe these students will bring valuable life experiences to SPU and impact our campus greatly. We will consider students who have cross-cultural experiences, a desire to participate in leadership and on-campus activities, and a strong passion to pursue higher education. The award amounts vary.

To be considered, submit your Ames Scholarship application by January 15.




Mikaela Wilburn

Mikaela Wilburn was a student leader on campus and a 2014 Ames Scholar. “I have been involved with MODE, the fashion club at SPU,” she says, when asked about her Campus involvement. “I’ve also been a leader at Orientation, and in the residence halls. I've done everything from playing intramural sports to planning movie nights — I love being involved in the community here.”

Read more about Mikaela.