Associated Students/Jack Adams Memorial Scholarship

Division of Student Life
The scholarship award ($1,500.00) will be disbursed during the Fall 2021 semester. To be eligible students must be enrolled at least half time (6 units) during the Fall semester 2021 when the awarded funds will be disbursed to the student’s account.

Associated Student Inc. Memorial Scholarship:

Jack Adams was born in Virginia and grew up in North Carolina, graduating in 1968 from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Theater Arts. He started his career at San Francisco State University in 1969 as the properties manager for the School of Creative Arts. In 1982, he became assistant director of the Student Union, a position he held until July 1992, when he resigned due to health reasons. Adams was a beloved campus figure, well known by hundreds of SF State students, faculty, and staff. His co-workers and friends described him as a warm, funny, and passionate man. Adams committed much of his time to backing student causes and worked closely with Associated Students.

On November 21, 1992 Jack Adams died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 47. On March 11, 1993, the Student Union Governing Board passed a resolution to rename the Barbary Coast Room after Jack Adams, a champion of student interests.

  • Awarding Department: Division of Student Life
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible SF State students.
  • Criteria:
    1) Part time minimum enrollment at SF State or enrolled in at least half-time at another college or high school senior at the time of application.
    2) Applicants must include a detailed explanation of their academic achievement, supported by a letter of recommendation.
    3) Students must be actively involved in the empowerment of LGBTQ in the Bay Area Community, especially but not exclusively to those who are advocating and educating students in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors, Undergrad: Any, Grad: Masters/MFA/2nd BA/PhD
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 6 UNITS; Grad: 4 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: 2.5; Undergrad GPA: 2.5; Grad GPA: 2.5
  • Contact Person: Division of Student Life
  • Campus Address: SSB 403
  • Street Address: 1650 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-3888
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: 2

Associated Students
Supplemental Questions
  1. Is your current cumulative GPA 2.5 or above?
  2. Will you be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours for Fall 2021?
  3. Short Answers: The questions below will provide the reviewers of your application with more information about your educational goals, career goals, community involvement, leadership roles, and what you hope to achieve in the future. Limit responses to a maximum of 300 words for each question.
    • Describe how this scholarship will contribute to your financial need and academic success? (Max 300 words)
    • How have you demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the empowerment of the LGBTQ community through your campus involvement and/or community service? (Max 300 words)
    • Tell us about a time in your life when you overcame an inequity or advocated for social justice. (Max 300 words)
    • What are your educational goals and where do you see yourself 5 years after you graduate from college? (Max 300 words)
  4. Recommendation Letter:

    Please ask someone who knows you for (1) a letter of recommendation addressing your EDUCATIONAL GOALS, ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. Contact your recommendation letter provider early in your application process to give them time. They will need to upload their letter by February 21, 2021 using Academic Works. The recommendation letter must be 1 page in length, on an OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD, and SIGNED. Provide the NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS below: