Matching Gift Challenge to Endow the 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.

Matching Gift Challenge Successful in Permanently Endowing the James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship

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 Hirabayashi Scholarship

James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship

James 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 and graduate 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.

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.