Leadership and Professional Development

Leadership circle Link

Many of SF State’s students come from nontraditional backgrounds, where the path to a college education is unclear and perhaps seemingly distant. Your donations to our programs allow us to give students the kind of support they need to become confident and capable of making it through to graduation and beyond.

Leadership and Professional Development Funding Initiatives

Students talking on campus

Center for Career & Leadership Development

Feedback from employers of the next generation indicate the importance of leadership, communication and critical thinking skills.

Students gathering on campus


SF State students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college and/or receive financial aid, sometimes experience crisis life events resulting in unforeseen financial demands.

Guardian Scholars at SFSU

Guardian Scholars

The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves former foster care youth who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

Cesar Chavez center at night

Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a special admissions program assisting formerly incarcerated individuals wanting to enter San Francisco State University.