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Unity Scholars -
Leadership, Equity, Access & Diversity Program

Diversity affirms Gonzaga's faith-inspired commitment to an inclusive community where human differences thrive within Gonzaga's living, working and learning environment.

Unity Scholars


  • Grant and scholarship aid for four years to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges at Gonzaga University
  • Enrollment in BRIDGE Pre-Orientation Social Justice & Leadership Institute
  • Peer, staff, and faculty mentorship
  • Four-year leadership cohort supported by UMEC and other campus partners
  • Enrollment in Communication Studies 100: Intergroup Dialogue
  • Customized support in searching for a paid internship/job/research opportunity on campus
  • Opportunities for funding to study abroad
  • Tailored post-graduation career preparation and advising


  • Be a Washington state resident*
  • Apply for admission to Gonzaga University as first-year applicant and meet Gonzaga University admission requirements.
  • Submit the Unity Scholars Application by January 1, 2024
  • Submit FAFSA WASFA* (December, when available) 
  • Have demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to students who family income is below 70% of Washington's median (e.g. $80,000 for a family of four).
  • Have demonstrated resilience in the face of barriers or obstacles to pursuing an education. 
  • Have a genuine commitment to, or a demonstrated record of, social justice activism. 
  • Have demonstrated involvement in cultural awareness groups, clubs, or activities. 
  • Have engaged in leadership within their school, community, and/or family.  
*Undocumented Washington residents are eligible to apply for Unity Scholars. Applicant must submit a WASFA.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Apply for admission to Gonzaga University 
  • Submit the Unity Scholars Application by January 1, 2024
  • Submit FAFSA (most students) / WASFA (students who cannot submit a FAFSA)
  • Finalists Selected - Early-February
  • Virtual Interview of Finalists - Late-February
  • Notifications of Unity Scholar Recipients by Mid-March 

Questions? Contact the Office of Admission (

“Our ongoing examination of who we are in our full humanity, embracing all of our identities, creates the possibility of building alliances that may ultimately free us all.”
--Beverly Daniel Tatum