Deborah Tolman Honorary Scholarship

Scholarship will be awarded for the Spring semester

This scholarship is established in the name of Dr. Deborah Tolman, founding director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality Studies, under the Department of Sexuality Studies, where she was a professor. Dr. Tolman is a feminist developmental psychologist whose research is focused on adolescent sexuality, gender development, and gender equity. She has received wide recognition for her contributions to feminist psychological understandings of female adolescent development. Funding for this scholarship is provided by the Hernreich Foundation.

  • Awarding Department: Sexuality Studies
  • Scholarship Intent: Scholarship will be awarded to the eligible applicant who presents a compelling essay on how feminism has contributed to their sexuality research.
  • Criteria:
    1) An undergraduate student of senior standing of any major
    2) First year or second year student in the Master of Arts program in Sexuality Studies
    3) Incoming Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies student
    4) Write a compelling essay on what feminist theory, research, and/or practice has contributed to your sexuality related research.
    5) A statement addressing your financial need.
    6) Unofficial transcript
    7) One letter of reference from a faculty mentor with whom you have worked, and is familiar with the impact of feminism on your sexuality-related research or work.
  • Major: Any major undergraduate senior, first and second year MA Sexuality Studies graduate students, incoming MA in Sexuality Studies students
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Graduating Senior; Grad: 1st and 2nd Year Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Any (Continuing and Entering)
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 12 UNITS; Grad: 8 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: No
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad Cumulative or SF State GPA: 3.0; Grad Cumulative or SF State GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: Sexuality Studies
  • Campus Address: HSS 370
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 405-3570
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

Sexuality Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please submit the name and e-mail address of a faculty member who can provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  2. In 250 words or less write a statement addressing financial need. Specifically, address why you would not be able to meet financial requirements of studying at SFSU without the assistance of this scholarship.
  3. In a 500 words write a compelling essay on what feminist theory, research and/or practice has contributed to your sexuality related research.
  4. Please confirm that you will be enrolled full-time for the Spring 2023 semester.