Dr. John Irwin/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship

Associated Student Inc.
This scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship award ($1,500.00) will be disbursed all at once in one qualified semester within the 2019-2020 academic year. Students must be enrolled at least half time (6 units) during the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester when the awarded funds get disbursed.

Dr. Irwin was a sociologist earning his undergraduate degree from UCLA, and went on to complete his doctoral thesis at UC Berkeley. His vision focused on the successful re-integration of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society, while all the time having an in depth understanding of how education could greatly dismember the negative recidivismstatistics that California is suffering from. He taught for many years in San Francisco State University’s Sociology Department and in 1967 created Project Rebound, a special admissions program at SF State. In the early 80’s, Associated Students Inc. embraced this program and committed to funding it as an Associated Students Program. Dr. Irwin’s life work was dedicated to the empowerment of individuals that had been negatively labeled and disenfranchised by the systemic use of political oppression in the form of incarceration and this work is still going on with the help of the Associated Students at SF State.

As the author of many works centered on the issue of criminal justice in this country, Dr. Irwin was an intellect and humanitarian that never ceased to self-identify as a “convict” resulting from his years spend behind bars. Although Dr. John Irwin was able to leave the toils and tribulations of a life in prison as part of his past history, he never forgot the life lessons he learned or the individuals that taught them to him. Dr. Irwin passed in 2010 leaving behind a lifetime of accomplishments and an undeniable hope for the future. The Dr. John Keith Irvin Memorial Scholarship was created to aide individuals that have had dealings with the criminal justice system, to redefine themselves using the right of higher education as their immediate means. In 2011, the ASI Board of Directors created the Dr. John Irwin Memorial Scholarship to honor his life and legacy.

  • Awarding Department: Associated Students Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible SF State students.
  • Criteria: Part time minimum enrollment at SF State or enrolled in at least half-time at another college or high school senior at the time of application. Applicants must include a detailed explanation of their academic achievement, supported by a letter of recommendation. Students must prove they were once on court mandated probation or parole, yet have transcended such monitoring and maintained good academic standing.
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors, Undergrad: Any, Grad: Masters/MFA/Credential/2nd BA/PhD
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: HALF-TIME; Grad: HALF-TIME
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: 2.5; Undergrad GPA: 2.5; Grad GPA: 2.5
  • Contact Person: Director of Project Connect, Adriana Gallardo
  • Campus Address: CCSC T-139
  • Street Address: 1650 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 405-4048
  • Email: scholarships@asi.sfsu.edu
  • Web page: http://asi.sfsu.edu
  • Number of Awards: 2

Up to $1,500.00
Associated Students
Supplemental Questions
  1. ESSAY: What are significant factors or events in your life that have impacted your desire or ability to attend college? Also elaborate how you have demonstrated a serious commitment to helping others through your campus involvement and/or community service.
  2. Is your current cumulative GPA 2.5 or above?
  3. Will you be enrolled in 6 units or more at SF State for the Fall 2019 semester?
  4. Recommendation Letter: Please ask for one (1) letter of recommendation addressing your EDUCATIONAL GOALS, ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. Make sure you contact early in your application process your recommendation letter provider to let him/her know the details of the scholarship and the deadline to submit the required letter. The recommendation letter must be 1 page in length and on an OFFICIAL LETTER HEAD and SIGNED. Please provide the name and email address of the person you asked to write your letter of recommendation.
  5. Submit a copy of an official document proving you were once on a court mandated probation or parole. (Document will be held in strict confidentiality and will not be reviewed by the selection committee)