Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship

Amount Approximately $500 to $1000 per applicant, for up to three applicants


Need-Based Not need-based

(Not offered this year. Awarded in Spring 2022 through separate award process.)

The Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship supports students in the Master of Public Administration - Tribal Governance concentration by awarding one (1) to three (3) fellowships between $500 to $1000 to fund graduate students' final Capstone projects.


Awards will be made to students who possess the ability to integrate their knowledge of public policy issues vital to tribal governments with the ability to research and derive needed solutions. The awards will be made to students whose Capstone projects have a focus on building healthy and sustainable tribal communities, fostering understanding of tribal governance and creating working relationships - building bridges - between tribal and non-tribal governments and communities.

About Sue Crystal

The Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship was created by friends, family, and colleagues who joined with the Evergreen State College to recognize Sue Crystal's legacy of leadership in health policy and tribal affairs. Sue died in August 2001 after a valiant struggle against kidney cancer.

Sue Crystal was an energetic activist and respected adviser to Washington's top officials. She served as administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority, executive director of the Governor's Executive Policy Office, chair of the Washington State Health Care Policy Board, director of Democratic Research for the Washington State House of Representatives, and was staff to the former senator Warren Magnuson.

In addition, she taught graduate-level studies in the Master of Public Administration program at the Evergreen State College. Her expertise spanned a wide array of public policy subjects; however, she is most noted for her work in tribal affairs, treaty rights, and health care. Among the most significant of Sue's qualities was her ability to bring people together on hard issues regardless of differences in background, culture, interests or opinions.

To Apply

Eligible students must be enrolled in the Tribal Governance Capstone course and be in good academic standing. Applications should include a one-page letter of interest outlining how your Capstone project reflects the above criteria, and the amount you are requesting, and an attached brief budget summary to justify your request. Please send your letter of interest and budget summary to Dhara Katz, MPA Program Assistant at The chosen applicants must provide proof of how funds were allotted based on the original submitted proposal. Deadline to apply February 7, 2022. Awards will be made by late March 2022.