Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

Write about civic courage | Win a $5,000 scholarship
Who is your local hero?

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to host the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work, or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The 2021 contest is now closed to submissions. Come back in December 2021 for information on the 2022 contest.

Historically the applicant pool for this competition is relatively small. With three awards available, the chances of winning are high!

Read about the 2021 scholarship recipients!

Applicants must:

  • Reside, attend school, or work in Seattle.
  • Be 13 years of age or older.
  • Have an active Seattle Public Library card.
  • Be a current high school senior or undergraduate enrolled at a two or four year college.

To qualify, the essay must:

  • Contain at least 3 sources including at least one primary source;
  • Contain a bibliography and in-text citations using a standard format (for example: MLA);
  • Be between 1,500-2,000 words (excluding the citations or bibliography;
  • Be double-spaced and in at least 12-point font.

Please see Official Rules for complete details on eligibility and essay requirements. Click here to preview judging criteria.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship
Runners-up: Two $2,500 scholarships

In addition to the scholarship prize, the winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library.

Apply now!

The Legacy Behind the Scholarship
Learn more about Stimson Bullitt, a great civic leader. Click here.

Inspiration, Examples and Research Assistance