Funding Scholarships

Make a huge impact on a student's life

Receiving a scholarship can make a huge difference in students' ability to attend SF State and focus on their studies. One $1,000 scholarship provides the same financial support as 61 hours of minimum wage work - approximately the same investment of time needed for a student to take one class.

The diverse student body at San Francisco State University includes many students who are the first in their families to attend college. Making the University accessible through scholarships to students in need is a priority for the University. There are many established scholarship funds to support, from athletics to general needs. Many of our scholarships are endowed funds that grow over time to keep pace with the economy and raise tuition and fees.

In addition to supporting existing scholarship funds, some donors choose to establish newly named scholarship endowments. Currently, a $200,000 endowment will generate enough income to cover most of a student's annual tuition, fees, and some living expenses. $25,000 is the minimum donation to establish any named endowed fund. Email us to inquire about creating or funding a scholarship.

Establishing a Scholarship

The assistance helps students focus on their studies and reduces the number of outside jobs they work, which can have a negative impact on graduation rates. To attract more scholarships, the University encourages alumni and friends to name these funds. Given students’ needs, the minimum to endow a named scholarship fund is $25,000 -- however you may “adopt a student” by naming an annual current fund scholarship with a minimum donation of $5,000.

Paying your donation over time

Pledged gifts are gratefully accepted and the University will make it easy by sending you pledge reminders at your request. Two-to three-year pledges are encouraged, and up to five years are allowed for $25,000 or more gifts.

Receive information about your scholarship recipient

Provided your donation is at the minimum level required to establish a named fund (see above), you will be informed about the recipients of your endowed scholarship. While some donors prefer to remain anonymous, and we work hard to ensure this for those who do, we encourage donors to let us publicize their identities to inspire others. Donors who identify themselves also have the opportunity to learn about the beneficiaries of their generosity. The University has scholarship and donor relations offices that work with scholarship recipients to assist them in personally acknowledging donors.

If you would like to give to scholarships in a particular college or program, please contact:

Anjali Billa ( She/Her/Hers )
Associate Vice President of Development
College of Business
(415) 405-3625