Ames Scholarship and Ames Leadership Program

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The Ames Scholarship and Ames Leadership Program supports students of color coming from the most underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds find a home, a family, and a network of support at SPU. Our desire is that scholars would develop into lifelong learners, courageous advocates, and engaged community leaders.

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A unique scholarship opportunity 

The Ames scholarship and leadership program provides BIPOC students with supportive systems that cultivate holistic thriving for students through personalized support and mentorship, community building and resource connection, and leadership development opportunities.

We are excited to welcome you to our Ames family and are here to walk alongside you every step of the way!

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What is the Ames Scholarship?

A scholarship program that supports students of color coming from the most underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds, while providing on-going leadership opportunities through the Ames Leadership Program. The Ames Leadership Program is led by SPU’s Multi-Ethnic Programs (MEP) department. This scholarship was established in 2001 by Barbara and Gary Ames.

What is the Ames Leadership Program?

A four-year program that supports Ames Scholars from their first day of college all the way to graduation. The program includes first-year involvement in Early Connections Orientation and Ongoing Program, second-year involvement in Early Connections Leadership, and continuing leadership opportunities for third and fourth year students.

Scholarship Benefits Scholarship Requirements


  • If you have questions about this scholarship, email Undergraduate Admissions at
  • If you have questions about Multi-Ethnic Programs, email

Study tables with tutors

Group study

Trained peer tutors will host rooms where you can ask questions, do homework, or study for exams. You don’t need to make an appointment. Drop in as often as you want.

This service is free.

The Writing Center

Now located in the Ames Library, room 103, the Writing Center is ready to assist you in all aspects of the writing process. No appointment needed!