Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

Website: Seattle Public Library Foundation Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship


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.

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

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.
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

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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.


Stimson Bullitt was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist, and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community both now and in the future.

Stimson Bullitt saw the Library as an institution that embodied his commitment to equality of opportunity for all. Through his significant bequest to The Seattle Public Library Foundation, his commitment lives on in programs, resources and opportunities at The Seattle Public Library.

In alignment with the Library’s mission to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community, the Library Foundation has created this scholarship program to commemorate Stim’s dedication to the community. Given his appreciation of individuals who took a stand to better the world and their willingness to go against public opinion, this civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy.

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