Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship

Health and Social Services
Scholarship will be awarded for the Fall semester

The Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) is seeking applicants for the Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Paff in memory of their daughter, Shereen. Shereen Paff earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1971 from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and spent 25 years working and teaching in the field of Special Education. She specialized in visually impaired children and special education children in elementary schools and dedicated her life to helping children.

  • Awarding Department: Child & Adolescent Development
  • Scholarship Intent: In support of students studying in the Early Childhood concentration in the Child and Adolescent Development major.
  • Criteria:
    1) Undergraduate senior in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) at SF State or Master’s candidate, and studying in the Early Childhood Education program.
    2) Demonstrate evidence of community involvement, with emphasis toward youth activity;
    3) academic leadership;
    4) Demonstrate financial need;
    5) Devoted time and energy toward providing a quality educational experience for students with need;
    6) Have focus on Special Education and have completed at least 18 hours of course credit in the Special Ed program at SF State with at least a 3.5 GPA in that program.
  • Major: Multiple: Child & Adolescent Development with focus on Special Education
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Graduating Senior; Grad: Master’s Candidate
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 12 UNITS; Grad: 4 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: No
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: 3.5; Grad GPA: 3.5
  • Contact Person: CAD Dept.
  • Campus Address: SCI 394
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 405-3509
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: 5

Up to 5,000 per applicant
Child & Adolescent Development
Supplemental Questions
  1. What are your educational goals and how will this scholarship help you to reach your educational goals?
  2. What are your career goals and how will this scholarship help you to reach those goals?
  3. Describe your community involvement that emphasizes your work with young children. Include the names and phone numbers of two individuals who can verify this experience.
  4. Describe your experience working with young children with exceptional needs and how you provided them with quality educational experiences.
  5. Why should you be selected for this scholarship? (Do not state financial need).
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