Mabel Whitehead Special Education Scholarship


  • Awarding Department: Special Education
  • Scholarship Intent: Award is provided to pay for educational expenses, to students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Special Education.
  • Criteria: Major: M.A. in Special education, with an emphasis in Physical & Health Impairments or Moderate to Severe Disabilities; and/or Education Specialist Credential in Moderate to Severe Disabilities or Physical & Health Impairments; or Ph.D. Joint Doctorate in Special Education. Joint Doctoral program students are considered to be enrolled full time when registering for 3 units at San Francisco State University, plus 12 units at the University of California, Berkeley. Ed.D. students are also eligible to apply.
    Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated strong overall goals for success in the program, and excellence of achievement from letters. Financial need is not a primary factor.
  • Major: Single: Special Education,
  • Class Level: Undergrad: N/A, Grad: Masters/Credential/PhD
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: 6 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:Ty Robinson
  • Campus Address: BH 502B
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • Phone Number: (415)338-1031
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: One award Fall, and One award spring semester

Graduate College of Education
Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay 1: Where have you been? Describe your previous community service and impact, relevant work experience, or other life experiences that qualify you for a GCOE scholarship. (approx. 200 words; 6 points possible)
  2. Essay 2: Where do you want to go? Describe your educational and career goals, why these are important to the communities that you are going to serve, and how a scholarship could help you meet these goals. (approx. 200 words; 6 points possible)
  3. Essay 3: What do you need? Describe your working situation or other financial circumstances that increase your need for assistance. (approx. 200 words; 6 points possible)
  4. Essay 4: How are you a good match for this specific scholarship? Describe how the intent of this award will help you to achieve your educational and career goals. (100 words; 3 possible points