Paul Zee Lyons Memorial Scholarships For Chinese Translation Studies, The

The Paul Zee Lyons Memorial Scholarships have been established to assist San Francisco State University undergraduate or graduate students whose accomplishments and career goals include an emphasis on Chinese/English and/or English/Chinese translation.

Priority will be given to students with a proven track record in literary translation, but consideration will also be given to those whose experiences and aspirations are in the area of professional translation and/or oral interpretation between Chinese and English. Scholarship awards from the present competition are to be applied to educational expenses for the Fall 2019 semester, or (in rare cases) for Summer 2019 Chinese language programs approved by the Scholarship Review Committee. The exact number of scholarships and amounts are at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Review Committee.

Funding for these scholarships is from an endowed trust that has been created to honor the life of Paul Zee Lyons, who was born in Shanghai, China and lived in San Francisco, California. Paul Zee Lyons graduated from St. John’s University in Shanghai, and his collections of books and translations are on display at Fudan University in Shanghai. The scholarships are intended to assist talented students to carry on Mr. Lyons’ work in the translation field, in order to promote cross cultural understanding.

  • Awarding Department: Chinese Program, Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Scholarship Intent: To assist San Francisco State University undergraduate or graduate students whose career goals include an emphasis on Chinese/English English/Chinese textual translation (either literary or professional) and/or oral interpretation between the two languages. Recipients will receive grants to support educational expenses.
  • Criteria:
    1) Must be enrolled in one or more Chinese classes in the semester of application.
    2) Special consideration given to those from educationally, environmentally, or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
    3) Disclosure of any other scholarship aid received is required.
  • Major: Single: Chinese Majors or Minors (B.A.) or Chinese M.A. students
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any, Grad: 2nd BA/Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: FULL-TIME (12+ units); Grad: FULL-TIME (8+ units)
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: 3.25; Grad GPA: 3.25
  • Contact Person: Charles Egan
  • Campus Address: HUM 475
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-7797
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

Modern Languages and Literatures
Supplemental Questions
  1. Personal Statement (in English, 350 words maximum)
    • Describe your education and career objectives, and specify how translation/interpretation will be a key part of it. You may also describe personal or academic achievements, challenges you have faced in your pursuit of an education, or any information you deem will be helpful to the Scholarship Review Committee.
  2. Transcript: Please upload your current academic transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  3. Recommendation: Confidential letter of recommendation request - Please include the name and e-mail of a faculty member, employer, or other person who knows you well and can provide a reference on your behalf.
  4. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview by the committee. Applicants attest that they will continue in full-time student status throughout the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters, or else risk revocation of the award.