Jessica Mae Orozco Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded for the FALL semester.

  • Awarding Department: American Indian Studies
  • Scholarship Intent: The purpose of the Jessica Mae Orozco Memorial Scholarship is to honor the life and memory of San Francisco State University alumna, Native American activist scholars, and botanist Jessica Mae Orozco and to assist undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in American Indian Studies at SF State. The scholarship is especially geared toward students interested in the native-managed and native-directed conservation of land, natural resources, and ecological knowledge.
  • Criteria:
    1. Full-time enrollment at the undergraduate or graduate level, however, students may be enrolled part-time at the undergraduate or graduate level if they have field work, an internship, or a grant of study that takes them out of the classroom and is in the field of American Indian Studies and Plant Biology.
    2. Transfer and incoming students may apply
    3. Minimum GPA of 2.5; preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    4. Preference will be given to people who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or who are working within the communities represented by American Indian Studies.

Scholarship Application: Students shall be required to provide responses to the following prompts in their scholarship application:
1. A statement of up to 250 words that explains how the scholarship will support your academic studies and professional goals.
2. A statement of up to 500 words describing your own personal life philosophy and how that informs and guides you toward your personal, academic and future professional goals. This statement should include a description of how your work embodies the values and philosophy represented by Jessica Orozco’s life.
3. A statement of up to 250 words that provides a detailed description of your favorite plant. Include scientific name, common name, a picture, medicinal uses, where it originated from, what zone it’s able to be grown in, and why it’s your favorite plant.
4. A statement (of any length) that explains your own economic background and/or your work within the communities represented by American Indian Studies.

  • Major: American Indian Studies or Biology (Botany) with a minor in American Indian Studies or Biology (Ecology) with a minor in American Indian Studies or Graduate student pursuing Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies with an American Indian Studies concentration or Master’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) and are including an emphasis in American Indian Studies or Traditional Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in their thesis project
  • Class Level: High School Senior; Undergraduate: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; Graduate: Masters/MFA
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing & entering students can apply
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergraduate: 12 Units; Graduate: 8 Units
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: No
  • Citizenship: Any
  • Minimum GPA: High School: 2.5; Undergraduate: 2.5; Graduate: 2.5
  • Contact Person: Gabriela Segovia-McGahan
  • Campus Address: EP 103
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132-4011
  • Phone Number: N/A
  • Email: gsegovia@sfsu.edu
  • Web page: American Indian Studies
  • Amount: up to $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: Varies

Award
Varies
Scopes
College of Ethnic Studies
Deadline
03/25/2024
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please explain in 250 word, or less, how the scholarship will support your academic studies and professional goals.
  2. In 500 words, or less, describe your own personal life philosophy and how that informs and guides you toward your personal, academic and future professional goals. This statement should include a description of how your work embodies the values and philosophy represented by Jessica Orozco’s life.
  3. In 250 words, or less, provide a detailed description of your favorite plant. Include scientific name, common name, a picture, medicinal uses, where it originated from, what zone it’s able to be grown in, and why it’s your favorite plant.
  4. Please provide a statement (of any length) that explains your own economic background and/or your work within the communities represented by American Indian Studies.
  5. For graduate students, please indicate if your concentration is in American Indian Studies.