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.
The scholarship recognizes and provides two annual scholarships of $1,000 to upper division students and graduate students who seek to be persons for all seasons and are considering a career that is interdisciplinary and in public service.
- Continuing, full-time upper-class undergraduate and graduate students
- Interdisciplinary and public service in nature.
- Current enrollment in at least two College of Ethnic Studies (COES) courses, a CoES Certificate Program, or a major, minor, or graduate degree in one of the CoES disciplines
- In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Minimum award of $1,000.
- Two awards issued
D. Phillip McGee Memorial Scholarship
D. 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.
- For continuing, full-time undergraduate students.
- Students must have a declared major or minor in Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, Latina/o Studies, or minor in Race and Resistance Studies.
- Students must have demonstrated leadership skills and community involvement.
- Students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application. Must have financial need as determined by FAFSA or the California Dream Application.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Multiple awards possible, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.
The College of Ethnic Studies is proud to announce the establishment of the Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies with a generous gift from the Associated Students of San Francisco State University. The scholarship endowment honors Dr. Kenneth P. Monteiro for his long-time commitment to mentoring student leaders at SF State and for his outstanding service and dedication to student advocacy and empowerment, especially for underserved communities.
The Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies will recognize, and provide financial assistance to, students who are similarly committed to advancing and empowering our diverse communities. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded annually to students who excel in the application of both academics and activism for the advancement and empowerment of marginalized communities. Particular emphasis will be on work addressing the intersectionality between race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or socioeconomic class. SF State upper division and graduate students in any major who have completed at least six units in the College of Ethnic Studies and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 or higher preferred) are eligible to apply.
- Recognizes, and provides financial assistance to, students who are committed to advancing and empowering our diverse communities. Emphasis on students addressing the intersectionality between race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or socioeconomic class.
- Upper-division and graduate students in any major who have completed at least six units in the College of Ethnic Studies.
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 or higher preferred) are eligible to apply.
- A scholarship of $1,500 is awarded.
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.
Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative
SF State's College of Ethnic Studies has actively promoted Queer Ethnic Studies for the past 15 years. It has aggressively incorporated curricula in sexuality studies, implemented new courses such as “AIDS and People of Color” and “Latino Sexualities” and hired scholars working at the intersection of race and queer studies. Today, one in four of our tenured/tenure-track faculty have expertise in queer studies, and a third of our graduate students pursuing one of our two M.A. degrees (Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies) are engaged in thesis projects on queer and/or trans people of color. In 2015, the College of Ethnic Studies mounted a Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative as part of its strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, to begin a graduate student scholarship and to investigate a degree program on queers of color.
The College's faculty, students and alumni are recognized for their leadership in the LGBTQ community and for their contributions as Queer Ethnic Studies scholars. Among the notable faculty are Interim Dean Amy Sueyoshi, who was a 2017 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, Former Dean Kenneth Monteiro, who was a 2013 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, and Professor of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, who was a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies for his book Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco's Two-Spirit Community.
- Provides support for continuing graduate students in good standing.
- Graduate thesis must focus on the intersection of race and gender or sexuality.
- Preference given to graduate students who have demonstrated community activism.
- Preference given to students in the College of Ethnic studies MA program.
- Must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units.
- Minimum award of $500.
- Two awards issued.
Betty Parent Achievement Award
The Betty Parent Achievement Award recognizes Dr. Elizabeth "Betty" Parent’s achievements and on-going inspiration. Dr. Parent was the first Alaska Native woman to earn a Ph.D. and the first Alaska Native woman to obtain tenure as a full professor. She is also the first full professor in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. Her tenure at SF State established a precedent of excellence in teaching, research, and community service that many American Indians seek to emulate. Dr. Parent was in inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017 for her achievement in educational leadership and advocacy for Native people.
The Betty Parent Achievement Award honors outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at San Francisco State University who are committed to working with and/or in an American Indian tribal community, nation, and/or organization. The award provides honorees with funds for purchasing books for their academic endeavors.
The Annetta and Gertie Jolivette Empowerment 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.
The Annetta and Gertie Jolivette Empowerment Scholarship Fund provides financial support to students in the College of Ethnic Studies who are committed to advancing social justice and whose career goals are aligned with Annetta and Gertie Jolivette’s lifelong commitment to serving youth from diverse and underserved communities.
The Edward Said Scholarship was established by SF State Alumnus Allam El Qadah in honor of Professor Edward Wadie Said, a Palestinian American literary theorist and public intellectual who helped found the critical-theory field of Post-colonialism and was a champion of justice for and in Palestine. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduates students of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies who demonstrate an outstanding academic record and community service that exemplifies what Professor Edward Said stood for.
Jerry 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 majoring or minoring in the College of Ethnic Studies with a scholarship award of $6,000 ($3,000 in fall and $3,000 in spring). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate: 1) an aspiration to be a productive member of society; 2) commitment to the values of social justice, diversity and inclusivity; and 3) participation in service or activities that advance these values.
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