Shirley Barnett Memorial Fund

Scholarship funds will be awarded in the 2023-2024 academic year. Students graduating in spring and summer 2023 are not eligible.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION: All LCA scholarships require one or more reference letters as a part of the application. All reference letters must be received, via AcademicWorks, no later than the application deadline in order for an application to be considered qualified and reviewed. This requires applicants to submit their application before the deadline, which includes providing the reference name and email address. References should be notified by the applicant that letters need to be submitted through AcademicWorks no later than a week before the application deadline, to allow time to solve any potential issues. Applicants should check their AcademicWorks student portal to ensure that reference letters have been submitted before the application deadline, resending reference letter requests for letters not submitted. Applications that do not have the required reference letter by the deadline will not be reviewed and are not eligible for the scholarship.

  • Awarding Department: College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide financial support for one undergraduate student and one graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who are over the age of 40. History majors will receive preference for at least one award, if multiple awards are given. Awards will be given initially for a single semester, but they may be renewed as long as the student remains in an LCA program and in good standing for up to the maximum amount allowed (see criteria for specifics), and as long as funds for the scholarship remain. Students who receive the award are required to provide their major program thirty hours of service each semester in which they receive scholarship funds.
  • Criteria:
    1) Letter of Recommendation
    2) Letter from the Chair or Director of the students major indicating that the program will make use of thirty hours of service by the recipient during the semester(s) in which they will receive the scholarship.
    3) A personal statement outlining the events that led to a delay or interruption in their education, along with a timeline that details the gap from high school to the present.
    4) Unofficial transcript.
    5) Self-reported statement regarding financial need.
    6) Student must be over the age of 40 at the time of application or within the year of the distribution of the scholarship funds.
    7) * Graduate: $1,500 per semester for up to five semesters, totaling a maximum of $7,500. Undergraduate: $1,500 per semester for up to six semesters, totaling a maximum of $9,000.
    8) The student must be in good standing; that is, not on academic, disciplinary, or administrative probation.
    9) Must be enrolled in at least 3 units at the time of disbursement, or if a graduate student in his or her grace period or enrolled in LCA-499.
  • Major: Multiple: All LCA undergraduate majors and all LCA graduate students.
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing and entering students
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 3 UNIT; Grad: 3 UNIT
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: 2.0; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: Arsham Pourfallah, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Campus Address: MH 404
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-1471
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: Up to 2

Graduate Students: Up to $1,500 for 5 semesters, totaling a maximum of $7,500. Undergraduate: Up to $1,500 for 6 semesters, totaling a maximum of $9,000.
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your SFSU unofficial transcript in PDF form here. IF YOU ARE AN INCOMING GRADUATE STUDENT, please upload your unofficial transcript from the University at which you earned your Bachelor's degree.
  2. Please provide a personal statement outlining the events that led to a delay or interruption in your education, a timeline that details the gap from highschool to the present, and your self reported financial need.
  3. Please provide a letter from the chair or Director of your major indicating that your major program will make use of the thirty hours of service that you are required to provide during the semesters in which you will receive the scholarship.
  4. Scholarship funds are disbursed in the following academic year. Students graduating this spring and summer are not eligible. What semester are you graduating?
  5. Please provide the name and e-mail of an individual who can provide a reference on your behalf. Your reference provider should be familiar with you and able to speak to your personal, professional and/or academic achievements. Faculty, colleagues or mentors are highly recommended. Please be sure to inform the individual that you are listing them as a reference provider and provide them context on the scholarship for which you are applying so they can tailor their reference accordingly, and inform them that the letter must be submitted by the application deadline.
  6. I understand that I am required to meet the following requirements to receive this scholarship: 1) Be over the age of 40 at the time of application or within the year of distribution of the scholarship funds. 2) Provide thirty hours of service to my major program each semester in which I receive scholarship funds.
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