Benny & May Chin Scholarship in International Relations

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Students must enroll HALF-TIME (6 units undergraduate, 4 units graduate) during the 2023-2024 Academic Year to receive the scholarship.

The donor of the scholarship, Kenny Chin, is the president of the Kenny and Maria C. Chin Family Foundation. Dr. Chin previously served as president and owner of a privately held import/export business he founded in 1987. Dr. Chin earned his M.A. at San Francisco State University in Political Science in 1978. He later earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1986. Dr. Chin’s dissertation focused on China’s open door to foreign investments. Dr. Chin has strong interests in Chinese philosophy and political thought.

Kenny and Maria Chin have established this scholarship in honor of Kenny’s late parents, Benny and May Chin. The fund will support scholarships for promising students in philosophy. Preference will be given to those with an interest in East Asian philosophy or its intersection with contemporary ethics and political philosophy.

  • Awarding Department: Department of Philosophy
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide financial assistance to continuing and entering students SF State students with financial need, demonstrated academic achievement, and community involvement.
  • Criteria:
    1) Undergraduate or Graduate student majoring in philosophy.
    2) Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
    3) Applicants must submit a one-page statement, describing their interest in studying Eastern or Western philosophy
  • Major: Philosophy B.A, Philosophy & Religion B.A., Philosophy M.A.
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing and entering students
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 6 UNITS; Grad: 4 UNITS
  • Financial Need: as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: N/A
  • Citizenship: N/A
  • Minimum GPA: HS GPA: N/A; SF State Undergrad GPA: 2.75; SF State Grad GPA: 2.75
  • Contact Person: Jennifer Waller, Department of Philosophy
  • Campus Address: Humanities 389
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132-4011
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-2470
  • Email:
  • Web page: Department of Philosophy
  • Number of Awards: One

Supplemental Questions
  1. Submit a one-page statement detailing your academic and career interests in International Relations and China.. The statement should also include any additional information that you think would be useful in evaluating your application.
  2. Submit a short statement (up to 500 words) describing your financial need and detailing evidence which may include but is not limited to FAFSA information (FAFSA not currently required).
  3. Enter the name and email address of the first of two references.
  4. Enter the name and email address of the second of two references.