James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship

Juanita Tamayo Lott and James Akira Hirabayashi at College of Ethnic Studies Anniversary Celebration, 2011

Juanita Tamayo Lott and James Akira Hirabayashi at the College of Ethnic Studies Anniversary Celebration, 2011.

James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship Endowment

Make a donation to the James Hirabayashi Scholarship

The James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship Endowment honors Dr. James Akira Hirabayashi (10/31/1926 to 5/23/2012), the founding dean of the College of Ethnic Studies. Dr. Hirabayashi 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.

The James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship Endowment supports two annual scholarship awards of $1,000 for upper division undergraduate and graduate students who seek to be persons for all seasons and are considering a career that is interdisciplinary and in public service.

The College of Ethnic Studies extends its gratitude to SF State Alumna Juanita Tamayo Lott and to everyone who participated in the matching gift challenge in Spring 2018. With your generosity, we successfully met the goal to permanently endow the James Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship.

Make a donation to the James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship Fund.


For information on establishing and supporting scholarship funds, please contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at alexsan@sfsu.edu or 415-338-1032.