Students with Disabilities Pursuing Healthcare: From Patients to Practitioners

College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Scholarship awarded for the semester

  • Awarding Department: Longmore Institute on Disability, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Scholarship Intent: A $100,000 donation from Anthem Blue Cross to The Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University has established a new scholarship fund to support education-related expenses for students with disabilities who have committed to future healthcare work, whether as direct healthcare practitioners or working in the field of health justice. This initiative is part of Anthem’s broader commitment to address California’s healthcare worker shortage and to close the gap in health disparities across the state.
  • Criteria:
    1. This scholarship is open to any San Francisco State University students (both undergraduate and graduate) who identify as having a disability and can articulate a commitment to a future in the healthcare professions (as broadly defined to include healthcare, public health, and health justice work).
    2. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and commit to three meetings per semester with the Longmore Institute on Disability for a reading group on disability and healthcare with the Longmore Student Fellows and other scholarship recipients (schedule to be determined based on scholarship recipients’ availability).
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors: N/A; Undergrad: Freshman,Sophomore, Junior and Senior ; Grad: Masters, Credential and PHD
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing and entering SFSU students can apply.
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 6 units; Grad: 4-6 units (4 units MA and 6 Credential)
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: 3.0; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: Emily Beitiks
  • Campus Address: Humanities 135
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-6010
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies
    • Amount of Award:* varies
    • Award Term:* Award split half for Fall and half for Spring.

Varies: $6,500-$20,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. In order for us to know whom we’re reaching, please describe how you identify yourself (disability, race, gender/sexuality identity, any passions or interests that are core to who you are, etc). Please provide whatever you feel comfortable sharing in whatever words best help you express who you are.
  2. People come to healthcare work from sciences, social sciences, and even the humanities. Please describe how your major supports your future in a healthcare-related field.
  3. Anthem Blue Cross and the Longmore Institute on Disability are offering this scholarship in hopes that one day, we will live in a world where doctors and other health workers believe living with a disability brings a valuable new perspective for everyone. Please write a personal statement of approximately 750-1000 words that demonstrates your commitment to a future working in a healthcare-related field, be it as a healthcare practitioner or working in health justice. How do you imagine contributing to new conversations related to healthcare and disabled people?
  4. Please share an unofficial or official transcript.