Scholarships

Costco Scholarship

The San Francisco State University Costco Scholarship in the College of Ethnic Studies is available to students who are in their junior or senior year at San Francisco State University at the time of the award. Students applying must have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Preference will be given to economically and educationally disadvantaged students who are committed to helping others with similar backgrounds. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 to apply. The award is equivalent to tuition fees for each semester. The scholarship is renewable for three years on the condition that the student completes 24 units per academic year and maintains satisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or special review.

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The James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship Fund

James Hirabayashi with SFSU President's Medal 10-22-2009James Akira Hirabayashi (10/31/1926 to 5/23/2012) was the founding dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He subsequently served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and retired as a Professor Emeritus. He was awarded the prestigious SF State Presidential Medal by President Robert Corrigan in 2009. His courage, intellectual integrity, and ability to communicate across various communities made him a man for all seasons. Hirabayashi's career accomplishments are balanced by wide community service, quiet strength, and generosity. He taught and mentored hundreds of people over decades from all disciplines—not just a professor but as a guitarist, jeweler, Asian American Theater Company actor, softball pitcher, Mongolian griddle gourmet cook, husband, and father. This scholarship is being offered to support upper division undergraduate students who seek to be persons for all seasons and are considering a career that is interdisciplinary and in public service. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall semester. Two awards will be funded for $1000 each. The scholarship is non-renewable. Recipient may only receive this scholarship one time.

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Annetta and Gertie Jolivette Empowerment Scholarship

The Annetta and Gertie Jolivette Empowerment Scholarship Fund provides financial support to students in the College of Ethnic Studies. The scholarship fund recognizes and honors the lives of Annetta Donan Foster Jolivette and Gertie Lee Fontenot Jolivette. Annetta Donan Foster Jolivette born in 1944 dedicated her life to fostering youth and opened up a group home for boys while working full time for the United States Postal Service. Gertie Lee Fontenot Jolivette born in 1928 was an avid Catholic parishioner at Our Lady of the Visitation Church in San Francisco. After raising her own five children she acted a surrogate mother to numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She also owned and operated Gertie’s Sunlight Room never turning away hungry customers who could not pay.

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D. Phillip McGee Memorial Scholarship Fund

D Phillip McGee - College of Ethnic Studies Dean 1980-1999D. Phillip McGee, a noted authority on ethnic studies in higher education and a popular figure on the SF State campus and around the Bay Area, died June 29, 1999. Dr. McGee had been dean of S.F. State's College of Ethnic Studies since 1980. He was awarded the prestigious SF State Presidential Medal for Service by President Corrigan in 1999. The D. Phillip McGee Memorial Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 to students who are in their junior or senior year at San Francisco State University at the time of the award. Students applying must have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to economically disadvantaged students who are committed to helping others with similar backgrounds.

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Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship Fund

The Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students whose graduate student thesis focus on the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. The scholarship was established as part of the Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative in the College of Ethnic Studies and is funded by generous donations from faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College.

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Jerry Wayne Varnado Ethnic Studies Scholarship Fund

Jerry W. VarnadoJerry Wayne Varnado received a BA in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1969. As a student, he was involved with the Negro Students Association and co-founded the Black Student Union (BSU). In 1968, he and his fellow BSU leaders in coalition with the Third World Liberation Front, other students, faculty, and community members organized the nation’s longest student strike to protest the lack of access, misrepresentation, and the overall neglect of indigenous peoples and people of color within the University’s curriculum and programs. The activism of the strikers was the impetus for the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies in 1969.

The Jerry Wayne Varnado Ethnic Studies Scholarship recognizes and assists promising undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies who are preparing themselves to be productive and socially conscious members of society.

Make a donation to the Jerry W. Varnado Ethnic Studies Scholarship Fund.

New Leader Scholarship

The New Leader Scholarship provides several scholarships up to $8,000 per year with potential for renewal. Additional assistance for costs of graduate school application and graduate entry exams may also be available to recipients. The New Leader Scholarship is especially designed to provide aid to students who come from financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate leadership capacities. Preference given to those dedicated to serve communities of color, or newly immigrated, economically or educationally disadvantaged communities.

The NLS is seeking students who:

  • Have a 3.5 GPA or higher (consideration given to students with a GPA of 3.2 – 3.49 with special circumstances)
  • Have attended SF State for at least one academic year
  • Plan to pursue advanced education in the social sciences, human services, health-related fields or public service
  • Can demonstrate an ability to lead in the service of the public good

Please visit www.newleaderscholarship.org to learn more about the New Leader Scholarship, view video testimonials, and download the scholarship application. If you have questions, please contact 10,000 Degrees at (415) 451-­4002 or jchoi@10000degrees.org.


This is a sample of internal and external scholarships available to SF State students. To search for more scholarship opportunities, visit AcademicWorks. Click on the Opportunities button to switch between SF State and external scholarship opportunities.

To learn how to establish an endowed or named scholarship fund in the College of Ethnic Studies, please contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at alexsan@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-1032.