Benny & May Chin Scholarship in International Relations

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Students must enroll HALF-TIME (6 units undergraduate, 4 units graduate) during the 2022-2023 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 international relations.

  • Awarding Department: Department of International Relations
  • 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 International Relations.
    2) Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
    3) Applicants must submit a one-page statement, describing their their academic and career interests in International Relations and China,
  • Major: International Relations B.A, International Relations 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: Alexandra Theodotou, Department of International Relations
  • Campus Address: Humanities 282
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-2654
  • Email:
  • Web page: Department of International Relations
  • 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.