Our Donors

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Anabel Pelham, Ph.D.

Anabel Pelham, Ph.D. is an Emerita professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University, and its founding director. She enjoyed a distinguished career as a professor at SF State for nearly thirty five years, and retired in...

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Donna S. Kline

Donna S. Kline earned her Master’s Degree in Music at SF State under the mentorship of Professor William Corbett-Jones. His teachings inspired Donna to pursue outstanding educational opportunities and experiences. This training has given Ms. Kline far reaching and...

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Family and Friends of Jason Louis Zarri

The Jason Louis Zarri Memorial Scholarship is supported by Jason’s family and friends. Jason grew up in Concord, CA and attended St. Agnes Catholic School from kindergarten through the 7th grade.Jason’s family endured some tragedies which greatly impacted Jason. He...

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Family and Friends of Kyle Campbell Whitham McLeod

Kyle Campbell Whitham McLeod, a 22 year old African-American senior studying history at San Francisco State University, died in 2007. Kyle loved reading, music of all kinds, and history, particularly Latin American history. He made fast and deep friendships, often...

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Family of Christy Kearney

This scholarship was created in honor of Christy Kearney, who died on 2/20/10 after fighting a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Christy was an extraordinary nurse who touched countless people’s lives. She was generous, compassionate, fearless, and had...

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Family of Diana T.Y. Chung

The Diana T.Y. Chung Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 with a generous donation from her husband, Mr. Henry Chung, and was San Francisco State University’s first-ever scholarship for international students. Mrs. Diana T.Y. Chung was born on April 3, 1919...

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Family of Dorothy L. Davis

The Dorothy L. Davis Memorial Scholarship was created by Dick and Diana Glanville in memory of their wonderful aunt, to honor her passion for the nursing profession. Dorothy Lovenia Davis was born and raised in Candler, a small mountain town near Asheville, North...

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Family of George C. Feliz

At the time of his death on March 29, 2000, Dr. George C. Feliz was Professor Emeritus of Economics at San Francisco State University. He received three degrees from Stanford, a baccalaureate degree with honors in 1930, an MBA in 1934, and a Ph.D in 1949. Dr. Feliz...

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Family of Joanne Rae Kline

The Donna S. Kline Scholarship Endowment in Creative Arts In Memory of Joanne Rae Kline was established to help strengthen and permanently support the Music Department at San Francisco State University. The Sylvan and Donna Kline Guardian Scholars Scholarship...

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Family of Margaret Voorhees

In 1966 Margaret Voorhees was single with three young children in San Francisco. The Scholarship For Single Women With Children helped her return to SF State University for her Special Education Teacher’s Credential. In her retirement she continued to share her love...

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Family of Robert and Elizabeth Hemphill

Robert and Elizabeth Hemphill Robert and Elizabeth Hemphill had a deep interest in issues of culture, language, education, and society throughout their careers and lives. The scholarship that their sons Robert Jr. and David Hemphill have donated in their names is...

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In Honor of Dr. Betty Parent

When Betty Parent, PhD became the first full professor in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, she established a precedent of excellence in teaching, research, and community service that many American Indians seek to emulate. The Betty Parent...

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In Honor Of Florence Hale Stephenson

Beginning in 1918, Florence Hale Stephenson was the department chair for Physical Education at the San Francisco State Normal School. Throughout an extraordinary career, she dedicated her life to advancing opportunities and expanding possibilities for women in...

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In Memory of Alison Won

The objective of the Alison Won Memorial Scholarship is to promote and encourage the development of undergraduate students in the fields of nursing. The scholarship was established by Alison’s life-long friend, Kathryn Harkavy Larson. In memory of Alison Won, BS...

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In Memory of Ariana Mae Hatami

The Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship Endowment was created in honor of this young woman by her parents; Farzin and Julie Hatami. Ariana’s life was brutally and deliberately taken by a violent offender on December 17, 2016; she was 23 years old. Ariana was a business...

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In Memory of Dr. James Akira Hirabayashi

Dr. James Akira Hirabayashi (October 31, 1926 to May 23, 2012) was a man for all seasons. He retired from his nearly 30-year career at San Francisco State University as professor emeritus of anthropology in 1988. He served as the founding dean of the College of...

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In Memory of Elizabeth June Madden-Zibman

by Marielle VZ and Josh Bryant and Dan Zibman Elizabeth June Madden-Zibman/June E Madden grew-up in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, attended Catholic school graduating in 1969. Her Mother, Marie, a wonderful person, married a Philadelphia policeman when...

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In Memory of Gabriela Sánchez

Dr. Marc Martin established the Gabriela Sánchez Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of his former student, Gabriela “Gabby” Sánchez, and to support students like her in the pursuit of their college degree at San Francisco State University. Dr. Martin...

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In Memory of Otto J. Bos

Otto J. Bos was a 1970 graduate of the department, editor of its award-winning newspaper Phoenix and an All-American soccer star. Following graduation, he became a government and politics reporter at The San Diego Union. In 1977, Otto became press secretary for San...

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In Memory of Ruairi Flanagan

In Memory of Ruairi Thomas Flanagan 1982 – 2013 Ruairi Flanagan was an alumnus of San Francisco State University who graduated in 2007 with a BA degree in Psychology. On March 1, 2013, Ruairi passed away in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia from a tragic...

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Janice and John Gumas

Janice Herwegh Gumas B.S. 1985 Marketing Community Leader and Parent Advocate Janice Herwegh Gumas is a former marketing executive who became a leading advocate for parent engagement at San Francisco State University. She earned a B.S. in marketing in 1985 and...

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Jerold and Phyllis Rosenberg

Jerold Rosenberg has said that “you never know when brilliance will come out in a student”. In this spirit, he created the Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship to ensure that promising individuals with talent are given a chance to succeed. The Rosenberg Scholarship...

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Marjorie Stern

Marjorie H. Stern was inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame in 1995. She was a teacher, unionist, author, senior and women’s rights advocate as well as a founding member of both the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the AFT Women’s Rights...

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Regional Parks Foundation of the East Bay Regional Parks District

The Regional Parks Foundation created the Carol Severin Endowed Internship Scholarship Fund to honor Dr. Carol Severin. Dr. Severin is an SF State professor emerita in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism (RPT) department, who taught at SF State for forty years,...

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Rita Bower and Ray Friend

Rita Bower and Ray Friend are alumni of San Francisco State University. Rita and Ray worked and supported each other as they completed their degrees at SF State, and then both pursued careers in education. Rita worked in the Richmond and Los Angeles School...