Jolivette Family Empowerment Scholarship


  • Awarding Department: College of Ethnic Studies
  • Scholarship Intent: Provides financial support annually to one student in the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State University to recognize and honor the lives of Annetta Donan Foster Jolivette and Gertie Lee Fontenot Jolivette. Annetta Donan Foster Jolivette born in 1944 dedicated her life to fostering youth and opened up a group home for boys while working full time for the United States Postal Service. Gertie Lee Fontenot Jolivette born in 1928 was an avid Catholic parishioner at Our Lady of the Visitation Church in San Francisco. After raising her own five children she acted a surrogate mother to numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She also owned and operated Gertie’s Sunlight Room never turning away hungry customers who could not pay.
  • Criteria: All minors in the College of Ethnic Studies.
  • Major: Multiple: All majors in the College of Ethnic Studies
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any, Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: FULL-TIME; Grad: FULL-TIME
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: 3.0; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: College of Ethnic Studies
  • Campus Address: EP 121
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • Phone Number: (415)338-1693
  • Email:
  • Web page: /
  • Number of Awards: Varies

In Memory of Annetta Donan Foster Jolivette
In Memory of Gertie Lee Fontenot Jolivette Wilson
College of Ethnic Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. How do your career goals align with Annetta and Gertie Jolivette's lifelong commitment to serving youth from diverse and underserved comuntiies? (500 word maximum)
  2. How will the Anetta and Gertie Jolivette Scholarship Empowerment Scholarship assist you with the completion of your degree goals? (250 word maximum)
  3. How have you contributed to diverse communities to address issues of social justice? (250 word maximum)
  4. Please provide the name and e-mail of an individual who can provide a reference on your behalf. Your reference provider should be a professor or community leader familiar with your academic, professional and/or community work. Please be sure to communicate to the individual that you are listing them as a reference provider and give them context on the scholarship for which you are applying so they can tailor their reference.