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.

Essay submissions will be open from January 1 – March 15 and should be submitted here. Please make sure to fully read the eligibility and rules and judging criteria before submitting your essay.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship

2nd Place: Two $2,500 scholarships

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

Need some inspiration and examples? Read the winning essays from 2017 and 2016.


Thanks to our many leading historians and authors who help to judge and evaluate submissions. Special thanks goes to our blue ribbon scholarship judges:

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available from librarians at The Seattle Public Library at all 27 library locations.

Other Resources
Special Collections at The Seattle Public Library
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project