Through generous donor support, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts offers students a broad range of scholarships. Scholarships are available from the College, schools and departments. Please search our listing below to find a scholarship that is right for you. All scholarships link to detailed information and the option to apply at the SF State AcademicWorks portal.
Carol Channing Creative Arts Scholarship, The
To encourage academic excellence for all students in any of the Creative Arts majors by defraying educational expenses.
Carolyn Irene Howard Memorial Scholarship
To ease the financial burden for College of Liberal & Creative Arts undergraduates and graduates who are making career changes to become teachers and entering the fields of language, literature, and the humanities. Re-entry students from majors listed below and re-entry students being admitted for the first time to a major listed below will be eligible.
College of Liberal & Creative Arts Departmental Award
To recognize student achievement in particular areas of study, including research and community projects.
College of Liberal and Creative Arts/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible SF State students.
Edward B. Kaufmann College of Liberal & Creative Arts Scholarship
To support classified graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a degree within the College of Liberal & Creative Arts other than the Department of Humanities.
Edward M. Nagel Endowed Scholarship
The Edward M. Nagel Endowed Scholarship offers an opportunity for students to learn the foundation of business while applying their craft to the arts. This award is an opportunity for students pursuing professional careers in the arts, the entertainment industry, and non-profit organizations. The Edward M. Nagel Foundation strives to provide gifts and grants to economically disadvantaged young people pursuing entrepreneurial goals in education. Further information about philanthropist, business man, art collector, and community advocate Edward M. Nagel can be found at edwardmnagelfoundation.org and https://www.facebook.com/ednagelfoundation.
Evans, Hsu, Kauffman Scholarship, The
To provide a scholarship award for a SF State undergraduate pursuing a degree in the College of Humanities.
Ingalls Travel Award
Provide graduate and undergraduate students with funds to attend professional conferences and seminars to help them explore and advance in their academic careers.
Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship, The
To provide financial assistance, with possibility of extension for up to 3 years, to full-time students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who may not have yet attained their potential due to financial or personal circumstances. To assist students with average (2.5 but not higher than 3.25 GPA status) starting grade point average who are enrolled as majors or minors in all departments and programs in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.
John Bauer Scholarship
To provide financial support for outstanding graduate or undergraduate students in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts who are majoring in a field related to Arts Administration.
Joseph M. & Lotte M. Dadone Scholarship
To provide funding for graduate students studying German or Italian language or culture as a part of their graduate studies, including seminars, creative works, or thesis projects.
Judith Anne Ott Scholarship
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a classified graduate students an award from programs from the former College of Humanities. The scholarship should be awarded each fall and spring semester contingent upon availability of funds.
Kyriakos Karababas Memorial Sholarship, The
To assist promising students whose major area of study would be in Creative Arts.
Marshall J. Miller Scholarship Fund
To provide an annual scholarship award to one or more full time students with financial need whose major, or a major, is in the general field of literary arts.
Shirley Barnett Memorial Scholarship
To provide financial support for two undergraduates students and one graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who are over the age of 40. History majors will receive preference for at least one award, if multiple awards are given. Awards will be given initially for a single semester, but they may be renewed as long as the student remains in an LCA program and in good standing for up to the maximum amount allowed (see criteria for specifics), and as long as funds for the scholarship remain. Students who receive the award are required to provide their major program thirty hours of service each semester in which they receive scholarship funds.
Wilbur Eugene Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund
To provide one-time financial assistance for an incoming or current student enrolled in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts in one of the Creative Arts majors at SF State.
Arnesen Travel Scholarship
Scholarship is to support participation in professional meetings, workshops, or courses sponsored by museums or museum professional associations, or similar professional development opportunities.
Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship
To provide financial support for outstanding graduate level students in the College of Creative Arts who are emphasizing interdisciplinary arts studies.
John Ihle Scholarship in Printmaking, The
Award for undergraduate/graduate student work in printmaking.
Jules H. Strauss Memorial Scholarship in Photography
Supports photographic achievement for senior students in memory of Jules H. Strauss.
Leo D. Stillwell Jr.Scholarship
Funds scholarships for the benefit of students seeking graduate degrees in the Department of Art.
SF State - KALA Art Institute Graduate Student Fellowship
Kala Art Institute provides exceptional facilities to professional artists working in all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts. The SF State - Kala Art Institute Graduate Student Fellowship is given annually to an SF State MFA graduate student in Art whose work demonstrates a focus on printmaking processes and concepts and would benefit from Kala's specialized equipment. The award includes a three-month full time residency from June 1 - August 30, fee remission for one Kala class while in residence, portfolio review opportunity with local curators, inclusion in the Kala Artists' Annual Exhibition, and a mentorship opportunity with a Kala artist-in-residence or staff person.
Sher-Right Scholarship in Art
To provide financial assistance to students majoring in Art at SF State University.
Steve Wilson Award
To support the work of students of excellence (undergraduate and/or graduate students) in Digital Media Arts & Emerging Technologies (Conceptual Information Arts) in the Department of Art who are working in art and new technologies, demonstrate an interdisciplinary practice that can include, but not be limited to, cultural concerns, science and emerging technologies.
Sylvia and Jim Walters Award in Printmaking
Annual award for meritorious undergraduate student work in printmaking related to the annual Stillwell student exhibition.
Cinema Department Scholarship
To award funds for the production of films and videos to undergraduate and graduate film majors in the Cinema Department at SFSU.
Gordon Thomas Scholarship
Scholarship for a Junior or Senior or a graduate student in animation/cinema.
Jim Goldner Scholarship
To provide financial assistance to undergraduate students pursuing careers as filmmakers.
Marcus Graduate Student Fellowship in Cinema Studies
This scholarship is granted to students entering the MA program in Cinema Studies at the School of Cinema who show high merit. Grantees are identified by the graduate admissions committee.
Robin Eickman Cinema Student Scholarship
To encourage outstanding cinema students to pursue careers as professionals in the film industry and to provide support to individuals who may be underrepresented in the film industry.
Dr. Wan-Lee Cheng Design Innovation Honors & Merit Award
Awarded to outstanding School of Design, DES students in the areas of honors convocation, design research, social impact and technology innovation.
Hearth Homes Inclusive Design Scholarship
The purpose of the Hearth Homes Inclusive Design Scholarship is to assist, encourage and attract promising SF State students to the field of inclusive (universal) design.
Martin Linder Scholarship
To support underrepresented and deserving students in pursuing studies in the School of Design at San Francisco State University.
Edward B. Kaufmann Scholarship - Humanities Dept.
To recognize academically outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need pursuing a degree in the department of Humanities.
Liberal Studies Alumni Scholarship
Provide assistance to a junior or senior Liberal Studies major who shows financial need. It is also meant to honor the program and education received and allow alumni a form to give back to the university.
Magalios Family Scholarship - Humanities Dept.
To recognize academically outstanding graduate students with demonstrated financial need pursuing a degree in the department of Humanities.
Alexander String Quartet
To support a resident Graduate String Quartet that will be coached, guided and mentored by SF State’s professional Quartet in Residence, the Alexander String Quartet.
Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund, The
To assist students majoring in music by defraying educational expenses.
Balestrieri Forgivable Loan/Scholarship, The
To assist students majoring in music with an emphasis on string instrument performance by defraying educational expenses.
Carla Carol Ferrando Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Piano Students
The fund provides funding for promising piano students pursuing their education at San Francisco State University.
Donna S. Kline Endowment in Creative Arts in Memory of Joanne Rae Kline
The scholarship was established to help strengthen and permanently support the Music Department at SF State. It is Mrs. Donna Kline’s intent this scholarship will provide financial assistance to a junior, senior, or graduate student enrolled in music classes as a major or a minor at SF State, and give a motivated and focused music student these same opportunities.
Clarence Miller Musical Theatre Scholarship
Provides merit scholarships for Theatre Arts students of promise in Musical Theatre.
Dance Scholarship Fund - Susan Whipp Legacy Scholarship
Awarded to promising dance students at SFSU to assist with educational costs.
Harry Donovan Memorial Scholarship, The
Recognize and support students with outstanding achievement in a technical theatre area of the Brown Bag Theatre Project through a merit scholarship in memory of Harry Donovan.
J. Fenton McKenna Memorial Fund
To honor and reward Theatre Arts students for their excellence.
Jim Ponder Scholarship
Targeted to a promising undergraduate/graduate designer/technician in a theatrical design area.
Jules Irving Scholarship
Provides financial assistance to Theatre Arts students who desire to enter upon a dramatic career in legitimate theatre.
Screen Actors Guild Award
To provide financial assistance for Theatre Arts students who demonstrate considerable merit/excellence in their courses and production work.
Teresina Drama Scholarship
Provides financial assistance to Theatre Arts students who desire to enter upon a dramatic career in legitimate theatre.
Theater Arts Scholarship
Provide financial assistant for students within the Theatre Arts program, particularly those who have demonstrated merit.
Jay P. Young Department Excellence Award
The Jay Young Department Excellence Award is an annual award available to the Department of Anthropology to support deserving faculty and student projects and activities, thanks to a generous gift by Jay P. Young of San Francisco, who graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 1981.
Kiana Dressendorfer Scholarship in Archaeology
To allow SF State undergraduate and graduate students to further their interests and educations in the archaeology of any region of the world.
Anthony F. Torrano Memorial Scholarship, The
The Anthony F. Torrano Memorial Scholarship is given to honor the life of KRON Video Journalist Tony Torrano. The scholarship provides financial support to benefit a Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts major who intends to pursue a career in Video J
BAARC Scholarship for Excellence in Bay Area Radio & Audio Media
The Bay Area Advertising Relief Committee (BAARC) is establishing this scholarship at the request of the Northern California Broadcasting Association (NCBA). BAARC's goals are to provide mentoring, career, and life assistance for individuals involved in the media industry universe. The intent of this scholarship is to support a Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts student with their education. The goal is to provide resources to support that student as they begin their career trajectory.
BECA Department Scholarship
Provides a number of scholarships and prizes to students studying electronic media at SF State.
Beverly Johnson Memorial Scholarship
To assist a motivated, career-minded student with their career and educational goals in broadcasting. The award is in memory of Beverly Johnson who was a respected news host, weather reporter and accomplished actress. Through her career and community engagement she also served as a pioneer and role model for women and students of color striving to build a career in broadcast journalism.
Dave McElhatton Memorial Scholarship
To defray educational expenses and support educational goals of students majoring in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) who hope to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
Dr. Herbert Zettl Endowment Scholarship
The purpose of this award is to recognize the long-term contribution of Dr. Herbert Zettl to the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department by providing financial assistance to two students who are majoring in BECA and have reached the senior year of their baccalaureate degree program. Award intends to honor the student recipients for the high quality of their academic achievement in the BECA department and provide the opportunity for them to devote full time creative energy to the study and advancement of the art of broadcast and electronic communication in the senior year.
KTSF Broadcast and Electronic Com. Arts Schol
To assist students majoring in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts by defraying educational expenses.
Ronondo A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
To assist a promising student with financial need in the BECA program who is studying audio production, music recording and music.
Ekaterini Vitale Scholarship Fund in Modern Greek Studies
Scholarship for undergraduate students in Modern Greek Studies and graduate students doing related academic studies on Modern Greek and/or Greek American Studies at San Francisco State University. It will cover such things as tuition, books and travel to Greece for academic purposes.
John Ungaretti Translation Prize
To provide awards for the best written translations of a selection or selections from an ancient Greek or Latin author.
Raoul Bertrand Scholarship in Classics
To support entering and continuing M.A. students in Classics.
Richard Trapp Scholarship in Classical Studies
To recognize the achievements of students in Classical Studies and to provide some modest financial support as part of that recognition of excellence.
Society for Classical and Comparative Studies Travel Scholarship
To support travel for participation in an archaeological field project; for formal study at a foreign university where courses are taught in the native language; for formal language study of a language other than English.
Communication Studies Emeriti Scholarship
To provide a scholarship award for an SFSU student pursuing a degree in Speech & Communication Studies.
Eva Lokey Scholarship
To assist one promising student annually who is pursuing a Masters degree in Communication Studies. Successful candidates will be chosen by a vote of full-time faculty in the Dept. of Communication Studies.
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Bernice Ruben Arnold Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Bernice Ruben Arnold Scholarship is to assist the Creative Writing Department in its desire to diversify its graduate student body through its promotion and recruitment of people from under-served communities.
Marcus Recruitment Award
A recruitment scholarship for two MA/MFA applicants to support their first year of study in our program. All applicants accepted into our MA or MFA program will be eligible. Recipients for the award will be selected in Spring by TT faculty application readers, based on the promise of the applicant’s writing sample submitted as part of their application. The writing sample will show the applicant’s willingness to explore with the craft of their genre complex human experience. Writing sample may also show writers willingness to take risks and innovate within their genre.
Marcus Second Year Graduate Student Scholarship
For graduate students in any of the genres who have shown their commitment to rich and ambitious writing and translation. Students submit a work-in-progress that demonstrates attention to craft, cultural/social awareness, and the complexity of human experience. The recipient would also be a student for whom this award would make a significant difference in their ability to focus on their studies and their writing.
ASW Scholarship Fund
To provide a scholarship award for an SFSU undergraduate pursuing a degree as a declared major in English Literature.
Debra Plousha Moore Scholarship
The recipient must demonstrate service and commitment to the African American community, and an interest in women's issues, African American literature, or African American women.
Ellanore and Maurice Bassan English Dept. Schol.
To provide financial support for graduate students pursuing M.A. Literature who have demonstrated excellence in literary study.
English Department Scholarship
This scholarship is established to give a stipend annually to three undergraduate honorees from the three separate undergrad branches of the English Department: Literature, Education and Linguistics. This is not a scholarship that students can apply to. Students are chosen by coordinators within their respective programs.
Gail E. Weinstein Fellowship in Community Literacy Education Scholarship
To support students in the graduate TESOL program who demonstrate outstanding potential and initiative as community literacy practitioners and community partners.
Jan Gregory Postsecondary Reading Comp Scholarship
To provide financial support to deserving graduate students in the postsecondary reading and composition programs of the English department.
Jim Brogan and Jack Post Scholarship
To provide financial support for students interested in literature based on queer / gay / lesbian / bisexual / transsexual perspectives.
Jim Kohn Scholarship Award
To support deserving graduate students in the Language Studies program of the English Department.
R. Joel Dorius Memorial Scholarship
To provide financial support for graduate students interested in the study of Shakespeare and/or literature of the Renaissance.
Sara Ruth Prize - English
To give a prize each year for an essay written in an undergraduate English class.
Society for Technical Communication Scholarship for TPW Students
This award is for students who are majoring, minoring, or pursuing a certificate in Technical and Professional Writing at SF State and have goals and achievements suitable and promising for a future technical communication career.
TESOL Convention Scholarship
This scholarship will give financial assistance to M.A. students in the TESOL department for the purpose of attending the annual TESOL convention.
TESOL Legacy Fellowship
To support students in the graduate TESOL program who have demonstrated commitment to and involvement with the M.A. TESOL Program and/or students starting the program in fall semester who show exceptional promise to make important contributions to the field of TESOL based on past or current experience.
The Cunningham Scholarship in English Literature
To be used for the benefit of Graduate Students of the English Department at San Francisco State University who are pursuing the study of English Literature, including American Literature.
Antoinette Finke Forgivable Loan
To recognize academically outstanding undergraduate or graduate SF State Foreign Language majors with demonstrated financial need, by awarding a loan that is forgivable upon graduation from SF State, if recipient meets all program criteria.
Chinese Program Scholarship, The
Scholarship will provide funding for students currently enrolled in a Chinese class.
Dr. Anita E. Antler Scholarship for Graduate and Undergraduate Students in the German Program
To provide scholarship support for graduate and undergraduate students majoring in German.
French Program Scholarship
To encourage meritorious students majoring in French or pursuing an M.A. in French who need financial assistance to complete their studies.
Italian Scholarship Fund
Italian Community's support to students majoring in Italian.
Joseph and Lotte Dadone Scholarship
The purpose of the Dadone award is to aid and encourage new and continuing students enrolled in the SFSU Masters of Arts Program in Italian and German.
Paul Zee Lyons Memorial Scholarships For Chinese Translation Studies, The
To assist San Francisco State University undergraduate or graduate students whose career goals include an emphasis on Chinese/English English/Chinese textual translation (either literary or professional) and/or oral interpretation between the two languages. Recipients will receive grants to support educational expenses.
Pietro Iaccarino Memorial Scholarship
To provide scholarship awards for SFSU undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in Italian.
Robert L. Liu Family Endowment:French Language and Culture Proficiency Award
To assist in defraying airfare expenses to undergraduates with a declared major or minor in French and classified graduate students in French studying one full academic year in France.
Spanish Program Scholarships
To give financial support to Spanish majors, minors and graduate students who study abroad with the IP Program in a Spanish-speaking country.
Clara Giddens Grad Student Memorial Scholarship
Support for graduating history students who will be furthering their studies at SF State in the Single Subject Credential Program with an amt equiv to stu fees and for graduate students completing their MA thesis in either History or Social Science.
Davillier-Sloan Endowed Graduate Scholarship
To assist promising graduate students majoring in American History at SF State in their studies. Applicants must be active in the African American or Caribbean American communities.
History Department Graduate Fellowship
To reward academically successful graduate students in history, and to assist them financially so that they can continue in the program.
Jacques Hymans Graduate Fellowship
To reward students who are both academically successful and contributors to the department; and to assist them financially so that they can continue in the program.
Kyle Campbell Whitham McLeod Scholarship
To assist promising students majoring in Latin American History at SF State in their studies.
Paul Lorence Memorial History Scholarship
To reward outstanding undergraduate scholarship in and service to the discipline of History.
Paul O'Meara Memorial Scholarship
To recognize on an annual basis the academic achievements of a graduate student in history whose field is European Studies (before or after 1500) and to reward that student financially.
Dwight James Simpson Memorial Scholarship
To encourage and support the pursuit of knowledge for the Middle East.
Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) Student Excellence Award
The Middle East and Islamic Studies Student Excellence Award recognizes outstanding course work of undergraduate students minoring in MEIS, students who pursue an emphasis in Middle East Studies in a Liberal and Creative Arts department that has such an emphasis, or students who will have completed at least two years in a Middle Eastern language by the time they graduate. Applicants should explain their decision to take courses in MEIS, as well as their career goals. Students on financial aid are given special consideration.
Turkish American Arts & Culture Scholarship, The
The Turkish American Arts & Culture Necati, Cihat, Ozgul & Metincan Esrefoglu Endowed scholarship assists promising students who are active in the Turkish community and in their studies of Turkey.
Jewish Studies Scholarship Fund
To encourage continued participation in Jewish Studies courses.
Linda Mazursky Kurtz & Frank Kurtz Scholarship in memory of Bernard Mazursky
To address financial need and encourage interest in Jewish Studies an a object of study.
Sara Ruth Prize - Jewish Studies
To support and award excellence at the undergraduate level as demonstrated by writing projects relating to Jewish Studies.
Antonio R. Salazar Scholarship in Journalism
To provide financial support annually to one undergraduate student who is working towards a degree in journalism.
Bob Brown Memorial Scholarship For Journalists
To encourage and recognize meritorious students interested in journalism at SF State and to assist them in pursuing their course of study.
Frank McCulloch Investigative Reporting Scholarship
To encourage students to aspire to become investigative reporters.
Greg Robinson Memorial Photojournalism Scholarship
To encourage and recognize meritorious students interested in news photography at SF State and to assist them in pursuing their course of study in the field.
Greg Robinson Photojournalism Supplies Fund
A stipend to buy supplies awarded to the recipients of the Greg Robinson Memorial Photojournalism Scholarship.
Hearst Journalism Awards Program
To encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education through monthly competitions.
John and Douglas Fang Memorial Scholarship
To honor the memory of John Fang, the late publisher of the SF Independent, by encouraging and providing support for returning students to pursue journalism degrees at SF State. Applicants are called upon to make a strong case in favor of diversity in journalism, a major concern of Mr. Fang.
Journalism Uplift Scholarship
To be used for scholarships for journalism majors on the basis of scholarship, need and promise in chosen field.
Kat Anderson Media Workers Support Fund for Student Journalism
To assist promising SF State students majoring in Journalism who have financial need and are interested in either focusing on or have focused on 1) issues affecting women; 2) labor reporting and/or other economic social justice issues; 3) issues in minority communities such as the African American, Asian American, American Indian or Latina/Latino communities. The scholarship will give a student the opportunity to focus on areas of study that he or she may not have otherwise considered.
Otto J. Bos Memorial Scholarship
To reflect Otto J. Bos' commitment to journalism/communications and public service and to demonstrate the candidate's ability to write and analyze.
Richard Cushing Endowed Scholarship in Journalism at SFSU
For promising students in Journalism who show financial need and are majoring in journalism.
Stacey Doukas Memorial Photojournalism Scholarship
To recognize and assist promising photojournalism students in their journalism studies.
Torri Minton Scholarships for Aspiring Journalists
To assist SF State students majoring in Journalism with financial need and demonstrated ability to write compelling Bay Area stories.
William G. Flynn Political Reporting Scholarship
To honor the memory of the late William G. Flynn, long-time political reporter on the San Francisco Examiner and for Newsweek who died in 1990, and to encourage interest and excellence in political reporting among San Francisco State student journalists.
Jason Louis Zarri Memorial Scholarship, The
To assist students in the Philosophy Department at SFSU to complete their educational endeavors and reach their professional potential.
Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship
To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible graduate students in SF State's philosophy program.
David Jenkins Scholarship
To honor a student who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to improving society through political activism.
Gene Geisler Endowed Scholarship
To recognize excellent work in empirical political science.
John Randolph and Dora Haynes Fellowship Award
The Fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the Political Science Dept who is interested in and committed to improving governance and the polity of CA.
Louis Wasserman Award
Provide two political science student award of $100 each for best graduate and undergraduate papers.
Matt Stolz Award for Political Theory, The
To award graduate and undergraduate students for best essay in political theory.
Matthew F. Stolz Scholarship in Political Theory
To recognize a student's merit in political science.
Political Science Faculty Award
To give two awards to a graduate and an undergraduate student for outstanding academic achievement and growth.
Women in Politics Award
To promote women's engagement in the political arena through active participation by students in progressive political activities and assist promising SF State students majoring in political science.
Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship
To enable recipients in immediate financial need to remain in school and encourage support for women's rights and social justice on the campus and in the wider community.
Women & Gender Studies Award
The Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Award recognizes one WGS major or minor who has not only demonstrated excellence in academics, but has applied the feminist commitments of the department (engagement with the larger community, critical thinking and analysis, and working toward social justice) beyond the classroom. This can be broadly defined, for instance, as work with an internship, in other kinds of work places, on the campus, with community organizing and/or at home.