Donations to San Francisco State University create a chain reaction of success that reverberates across the community.
Each dollar matters here, and together your support of our students, faculty, and programs
creates a level of excellence that would not be possible without your investment.


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In 1968, SF State was the first university to create a College of Ethnic Studies. Today it is one of only two ethnic studies colleges in the world.

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SF State has 255,000 alumni worldwide, with 218,000 (85%) based in California and 170,000 (67%) in the Bay Area.

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SF State is the third largest employee provider to tech and biotech companies in Silicon Valley.

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SF State’s Project Rebound was one of the first programs in the country to help formerly incarcerated individuals attain a degree.

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Have you attended public school in the Bay Area? If so you were probably taught by one of our alumni. We’ve been a leading provider of educators in San Francisco since the 1800s.

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Our alumni are an integral part of the Bay Area’s thriving arts and media arts fields, contributing to diversity and cultural change across mediums.

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Have you visited a hospital in San Francisco? If so, chances are you’ve been helped by one of our nursing alumni – SF State has been graduating skilled nurses since 1955.

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SF State alumni have been nominated for academy awards for the last consecutive 17 years. (And have won many as well!)



Gerrid Ollison schoalrship recipient

Gerrid Ollison: Scholarship Recipient

"The funding has been a keystone resource that has enabled me to acquire more capitol in the form of time, skill, and self-efficacy. I’ve had time to spend wisely on research, networking and outreach. From these, I’ve gained and used my skills as a scientist and a communicator to make more small wins. All of these achievements subconsciously burgeon in me a sense of pride and belonging in this great religion I call science! Thank you for the incredible opportunities; thank you for the ACCESS."

Grace Villaroman: Scholarship Recipient

After winning the Gordon Thomas Scholarship in Fall 2017, Grace Villaroman was able to buy much-needed equipment to create her animations. Her distinctive portfolio won her a much-coveted internship at Disney’s Pixar studios just months later.

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Grace Villaroman, scholarship recipient
Seira Yasumatsu scholarship and award winner

Seira Yasumatsu: Scholarship Recipient

In 2017, Seira Yasumatsu won a $8,000 scholarship funded by Sodexo. The award helped her to meet the challenge of supporting her 2-year old daughter while focusing on academics. Months later, a product she designed won a prestigious award.

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Monet Jimenez: Scholarship Recipient

"As an undergraduate, I had to work several jobs to pay for college, which compromised the amount of time I put into my academics. Though I had previously worked in a laboratory, I strongly believed that it wasn't a place that I could succeed in. This scholarship was affirmation and appreciation of my efforts which propelled my confidence to work even harder."

Monet Jimenez, scholarship recipient
Arianna Vargas: Scholarship Winner & Double Major

Arianna Vargas: Scholarship Recipient

Arianna Vargas was a double major in Latina/o Studies and Public Health and a distinguished speaker at the 2018 Commencement. She started attending classes in the College of Ethnic Studies when she was two, brought to classes by her mom who was also a Latina studies major.

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