Scholarship Rules

Seward Scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate college students at select schools on the basis of their academic achievement and contributions to the community.

Scholarships are awarded only to full time students and must be used to meet direct educational expenses such as room, board, tuition, and books. Scholarships will range up to $1,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.

The 2016-2017 Seward Scholarship competition will be conducted in four stages.

1. Submission of Seward Scholarship Application and Official Transcript

The form is attached to this memorandum. The Seward Scholarship Application should be prepared by the student. The applicant must have his or her college send an official transcript of grades to the Committee.

No applicant will be considered for the scholarship unless the application and official transcript are both received by the deadline.

The application deadline is Monday, June 13, 2016. Applications must be postmarked by this day if they are mailed or received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time if e-mailed.

All applications and information should be sent to:

Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation
Seward Scholarship Committee
c/o Craig Cheslog
3145 Plymouth Road
Lafayette, CA 94549

2. Solicitation of Evaluations

The Awards Committee may solicit evaluations of specific applicants by consulting members of the student’s community who are able to evaluate applicants’ contributions to their community. Any such evaluations will be obtained no later than July 1, 2016.

3. Selection of Scholarship Recipients

The Committee will announce all scholarship recipients on Saturday, July 30, 2016 by posting the information to the S.E.L.E.F. web site and Seward Scholarship Facebook page (

4. Transmission of Scholarship Checks

Scholarship checks will be issued in December 2016 / January 2017.

Download the scholarship application.