Graduate College of Education Scholarships

Scholarships directly support students, helping them to bridge gaps in financial aid, avoid debt, and complete their education. Scholarships can also enable students to enrich their learning through pursuing opportunities such as professional conferences, research, and internships.

Benefits of scholarships, such as financial aid

At the Graduate College of Education, students develop their ability to make a significant, meaningful impact on their communities and society. Through classroom learning and practical experience, they receive professional preparation in a variety of fields promoting health, well-being, and quality of life.​ Scholarships enable our students to participate in time-intensive programs, pursue meaningful internships, and participate in groundbreaking research. Our scholars will contribute meaningfully to California's future as a workforce of nurses, counselors, educators, and leaders in public service.

As a donor, you can choose to contribute to an existing scholarship fund, create a new named endowed scholarship, or form a new named expendable (annual) scholarship.

Named Endowed Scholarship

A donor may establish a named endowed scholarship with a minimum gift of $25,000. The SF State Foundation invests and manages these funds and, based on performance, up to 4% of the endowment’s fair market value can become available annually to provide scholarship awards to students (e.g., a gift of $25,000 can provide an annual scholarship of $1,000). The larger the endowment, the greater the annual award available to students.

Donors can either establish an endowment with an outright gift of at least $25,000 or through a pledge payable over a period of up to five years. While making contributions to build the principal of the endowed fund, donors may also provide additional gifts to award scholarships in the period of time that the endowment is maturing. When the principal reaches the desired level of funding ($25,000 minimum), the endowment is considered fully funded and provides awards in perpetuity.

Endowment funds are subject to an annual management fee of 1.25% plus investment management fees that are calculated and assessed on a quarterly basis. These fees cover the costs associated with investing and managing the funds.

Named Expendable (Annual) Scholarship

The minimum amount required to establish a named expendable scholarship is $5,000. Unlike endowed scholarships, expendable scholarships do not exist in perpetuity or accrue interest. Awards can only be made based on the balance available in the fund. 

Scholarship gift agreements between donors

Scholarship gift agreements between the donor and the University ensure that donations are used specifically for the intended purpose.

Graduate College of Education Funding Initiatives

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Center for Future Educator Pathways

The Center addresses critical needs in the recruitment, preparation, and retention of high-quality educators from a diversity of backgrounds.

For more information about donating to the Graduate College of Education, contact:

David Fierberg ( He/Him/His )
Director of Development
Graduate College of Education
(415) 405-3966