Benny & May Chin Scholarship in Philosophy

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Students must enroll HALF-TIME (6 units undergraduate, 4 units graduate) during the 2024-2025 Academic Year to receive the scholarship

Kenny Chin is the president of the Kenny and Maria C. Chin Family Foundation. Mr. Chin previously served as president and owner of Honway International, a privately held import/export business he founded in 1987. Mr. Chin earned his MA at San Francisco State University in Political Science in 1978. He later earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1986. Mr. Chin’s dissertation focused on China’s open door to foreign investments.

  • 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 B.A, Philosophy & Religion B.A, Philosophy M.A.
    2) Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 Undergrad & Graduate.
  • 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: No
  • Citizenship: Any
  • Minimum GPA: HS GPA: N/A; SF State Undergrad GPA: 2.75; SF State Grad GPA: 2.75
  • Contact Person: Jennifer Waller
  • Campus Address: Humanities 389
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-2470
  • Email:
  • Web page: Department of Philosophy
  • Number of Awards: Varies

Supplemental Questions
  1. Submit a statement of purpose (no more than one page) describing your interest in studying Eastern and/ or Western philosophy. The statement should also include any additional information that you think would be useful in evaluating your application.