Seward 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.

Notice (July, 2017): The SELEF Seward Scholarship entry period for 2017 is closed. Thank you to all the qualified students who applied. Awards will be issued this winter. Check back and apply again in the spring!

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 2017-2018 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.

NOTICE: For the first time, the application is fully submittable online at

The application deadline is Monday, July 10, 2017. Applications must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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 21, 2017.

3. Selection of Scholarship Recipients

The Committee will announce all scholarship recipients on Saturday, August 12, 2017 by posting the information to the Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation web site and Seward Scholarship Facebook page (

4. Transmission of Scholarship Checks

Scholarship checks will be issued in December 2017 / January 2018.

Submissions will be taken only through