Silvers 50th Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy

Scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Students must be enrolled UNDERGRADUATE: 8 units; GRADUATE: 7 units to receive the scholarship.

Professor Anita Silvers was an institution in professional philosophy and at San Francisco State University. She was a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at SF State and a nationally recognized advocate for disability rights. Disabled by polio as a child, Silvers was a leading advocate for equality for persons with disabilities. On the faculty at SF State from 1967 to 2019, Silvers worked to make access and disability services available on California college campuses. In 1980, she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the National Council for the Humanities, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Silvers was regarded as an authority on medical ethics and bioethics, social philosophy and feminism. The Silvers Scholarship helps talented new scholars to develop their academic skills and pursue the kind of intellectually engaged work that made Professor Silvers a remarkable activist and advocate for equality and justice.

  • Awarding Department: Philosophy
  • Scholarship Intent: Provides scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Philosophy.
  • Criteria:
    1) Self-reported financial need;
    2) Preference to students who have immigrated (“immigrated” is to be broadly construed) to the U.S. or have at least one parent who has immigrated to the U.S.;
    3) Eligibility includes, but is not restricted to, students who are U.S. citizens, have a green card, or have a student or other visa.
  • Major: Single: Philosophy
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Entering and Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 8 UNITS; Grad: 7 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad cum or SF State GPA: 3.20; Grad cum or SF State GPA: 3.20
  • Contact Person: Olivia Walters
  • Campus Address: HUM 388
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-1596
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: 1

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.