Presidential Scholars

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year

The Presidential Scholars Distinction-in-Service Program is the most prestigious scholarship award offered by San Francisco State University. Funded through the generous support of YF Chang, the Osher Foundation, and James Alan Ross, the scholarship requires excellence in academics and distinguished service to the community.

  • Awarding Department: Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
  • Scholarship Intent: The scholarship recognizes high achieving first time freshman that have distinguished themselves as scholars and leaders in their communities. The award provides full coverage of resident tuition/fees, a course material/textbook allowance and on-campus housing for up to 5-10 first-time freshman from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and traditionally under-represented communities for up to four years of full-time study at SF State pending budgetary approval and satisfactory completion of program requirements.
  • Criteria: Non-Resident students (out of state) are not eligible to apply.
    Presidential Scholar applicants are required to submit:
    1) a resume
    2) one letter of recommendation (from a teacher, coach, counselor or community member)
    3) a one-page letter of application that addresses the following question: _How has your service and work within your community strengthened your abilities as a student and how do you plan to continue to thrive in your academics and in the area of service if selected for this distinguished program? _
    4) Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in-person as a part of the review and selection process between March 3rd and March 31st.
    Scholarship Award Requirements:
    1) Selected scholars will be required to live on the designated campus housing floor in a living-learning community (known as the PSP Community).
    2) They must also participate in monthly events on and off-campus to promote the importance of scholarship and service in the Bay Area.
    3) Scholars will also be required to meet with their respective College Chairs’ Council and Dean of the College where their primary major is housed to discuss opportunities to represent the college as its’ Presidential Scholar Ambassador.
    4) Students will participate in an advanced civic engagement course taught by the Presidential Scholar Program’s Faculty Coordinator. This course will be offered at a time convenient for all students.
    5) Presidential Scholars will also be assigned to at least one faculty/staff mentor. The faculty/staff mentor, along with support from the Faculty Coordinator guides scholars in their short and long-term academic, professional, and community engagement goals.
    6) Students will meet faculty/staff mentors, donors, civic leaders, university administrators and other scholars at an annual fall reception hosted in their honor.
    7) Scholars are also expected to spend one semester during their junior year on a study abroad program to advance the Presidential Scholars mission of advancing and culturally and socially diverse society of life long learners.
    8) To continue to receive the scholarship award, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and participate in all program activities.
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors; Undergrad: N/A; Grad: N/A
  • Enrollment Status: Entering
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: FULL-TIME (12 UNITS); Grad: N/A
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a requirement
  • Citizenship: Any (International students are not eligible to apply)
  • GPA: HS GPA: 3.5; Undergrad GPA: N/A; Grad GPA: N/A
  • Contact Person: Andrew Jolivette or Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Campus Address: SSB 403
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415)338-2013
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

An amount equivalent to resident tuition fees, textbook allowance and an amount up to on-campus room and board