Ames Scholarship

2018 Ames scholars

The new, and many of the Ames Scholars who are still SPU students, gather with Barbara and Gary Ames (far right), who established this scholarship in 2001.

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 132 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 more than 75 Ames alumni. Some are in — or have completed — medical school, law school, or graduate school, while others are working in nonprofit organizations, K–12 education, health care, and high tech.

Meet the 2018–19 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.

There is no additional application to be considered for the Ames Scholarship. Apply to SPU as early as possible to receive priority consideration.