Jason Louis Zarri Memorial Scholarship, The

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

The Jason Louis Zarri Memorial Scholarship is supported by donations from the family of Jason Zarri, a former undergraduate and graduate student in the Philosophy Department at San Francisco State, and other contributions in Jason’s honor.

Jason grew up in Concord, CA and attended St. Agnes Catholic School from kindergarten through the 7th grade. Jason’s family endured some tragedies which greatly impacted Jason. He began to suffer from mental illness at age 10. He persevered and took several courses at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. He was attracted to philosophy and studied at San Francisco State, where he stood out for his knowledge and kindness, and earned his B.A. degree and worked as a Teacher’s Assistant. He truly was a great reader and student, with a very logical mind. He founded the website Scholardarity with his friend Peter. Its mission was to bring scholars and students together to push the frontiers of knowledge with papers in History, Philosophy, Literature, Religion, Education and Theology. In spite of the adversities he faced, he was an extraordinary person of tremendous talent and virtue. Many of his friends, fellow students, and professors spoke of him very highly.

See here for Jason’s Obituary and Remembrances

Thank you for applying for this scholarship in Jason’s memory.

  • Awarding Department: Philosophy
  • Scholarship Intent: To assist students in the Philosophy Department at SFSU to complete their educational endeavors and reach their professional potential.
  • Criteria:
    1) Submit a one-page statement of purpose that includes evidence of interest in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Ethics, Logic, or a combination of these.
    2) Evidence of financial need, which may include but is not limited to FAFSA information, as determined by the department scholarship committee.
    3) Please indicate a willingness to attend a luncheon with the Zarri family upon award of scholarship.
  • Major: Single: Philosophy
  • Class Level: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: Master
  • Enrollment Status: Entering and Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: 4 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: N/A; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: Jennifer Waller
  • Campus Address: HUM 389
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-2470
  • Email: phlsphr@sfsu.edu
  • Web page: https://philosophy.sfsu.edu/scholarships-philosophy
  • Number of Awards: 1

Family and Friends of Jason Louis Zarri
Supplemental Questions
  1. 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).
  2. I give permission the scholarship selection committee to examine additional materials in my application to graduate school (submitted to Cal State Apply) for the purposes of evaluating this scholarship application.