External Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities listed on this page are not administered by San Francisco State University. They are administered by outside organizations or foundations and usually can be applied at all accredited universities and colleges. You cannot apply for these scholarships from this website.

Click the scholarship name to learn more about the opportunity. Click the “Visit” link to go to the organization’s website for more information.

You can conduct a keyword search by:

  • Specific keyword (e.g., veterans, AB 540 or AB540, women, disabilities, high school senior, etc.) Try searching by using variations of the same word. For example, women, woman, female, Hispanic, Latino, disability, disabilities.
  • Major, enter your major (e.g., business, engineering, biology, film, etc..) into the keyword box and click search for a list of scholarships.
  • Ethnicity (e.g., African American, Asian, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Jewish, etc.)
  • County you live in (e.g., San Mateo county, Contra Costa county, San Francisco county, Marin county, Bay Area, etc.)
  • Scholarship name
  • Enrollment status: (e.g., entering or continuing)

Below are fields on the individual Scholarship page and what they mean:
• Enrollment Status: “Any” means entering students and continuing SF state students are eligible to apply.
• Enrollment requirement: “Full-Time” means a 12 units for undergraduate students and 8 units for graduate students. This is the required enrollment to receive the
scholarship award.
• Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA or CA Dream App:
– “Yes” means applicant must submit a FAFSA or CA Dream App and have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
– “Not a Requirement” means you do not have to file a FAFSA or CA Dream App to determine financial need.
– “Must file a FAFSA” means students must file a FAFSA and students who cannot file a FAFSA are not eligible.
– Check the “Criteria” to see if you must demonstrate financial need another way.
• Citizenship: “Any” means that any citizenship status may be eligible, including international students, undocumented students, and students with AB540 status

If you have any questions regarding a specific external scholarship, contact the organization.

DETERMINE YOU ARE QUALIFIED BEFORE APPLYING by reading the scholarship eligibility requirements (e.g., major, gpa, enrollment requirement to receive the scholarship, other requirements as stated) and questions CAREFULLY.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$7,500-$30,000 Princess Grace Awards Theater Grant
Scholarship Intent: To identify and assist emerging theater, dance and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of...
Scholarship Intent: To identify and assist emerging theater, dance...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $7,500-$30,000
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Up to $1,000 Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Scholarship Intent: Princeton University sponsors annual awards for high school students to recognize, support, and encourage the young people...
Scholarship Intent: Princeton University sponsors annual awards for...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $1,000
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Up to $5,000 Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship Intent: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s purpose is to provide scholarships and fellowship assistance to talented...
Scholarship Intent: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $5,000
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Varies Pro Kids Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To offer college scholarship awards to active Pro Kids members. Criteria: 1) Applicants must have been an active Pro Kids...
Scholarship Intent: To offer college scholarship awards to active Pro...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
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1st place-$500, 2nd place-$300, 3rd place-$100 ProofreadingServices.com High School & University Writing Scholarships
Scholarship Intent: This scholarship was created to reward America’s most talented student writers at the high school and university...
Scholarship Intent: This scholarship was created to reward America’s...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: 1st place-$500, 2nd place-$300, 3rd place-$100
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up to $1,000 Proteus Inc. Scholarships
Scholarship Intent: Proteus awards several scholarships to deserving students through a competitive application process. Criteria: 1) See...
Scholarship Intent: Proteus awards several scholarships to deserving...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: up to $1,000
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Up to $5,000 PRSSA Scholarships
Scholarship Intent: The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) offers scholarships to students who are studying and pursuing...
Scholarship Intent: The Public Relations Student Society of America...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $5,000
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Up to $5,000 Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: The Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Program is a local program focused on high school seniors for whom additional funds...
Scholarship Intent: The Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Program is...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $5,000
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$1,000 PWQA Community Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Pacific Water Quality Association has a scholarship for students studying a major related to potable water. Criteria: 1)...
Scholarship Intent: Pacific Water Quality Association has a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
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$1,500 QuikshipToner.com Student Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Quikship created this scholarship to support student participation in the many opportunities that colleges...
Scholarship Intent: Quikship created this scholarship to support...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,500
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Up to $10,000 Radio & Television News Directors Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: All scholarships are open to enrolled students (freshmen excluded) who are pursuing careers in radio and television...
Scholarship Intent: All scholarships are open to enrolled students...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $10,000
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$2,500 Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Intent: The Randy Rausch Scholarship Fund has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the...
Scholarship Intent: The Randy Rausch Scholarship Fund has been...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $2,500
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$3,000 Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest, The
Scholarship Intent: The Reeves Law Group is looking for students who have made significant contributions by helping those who have met with...
Scholarship Intent: The Reeves Law Group is looking for students who...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $3,000
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$1,000-$10,000 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To assist in advancing the education of students pursuing a career in fraud examination. Criteria: 1) Must be attending...
Scholarship Intent: To assist in advancing the education of students...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000-$10,000
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$500-$1,000 Riverside City Teachers Association Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students graduating from Riverside Unified School District high schools and sons and daughters of...
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students graduating from...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $500-$1,000
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varies Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
Scholarship Intent: To identify and nurture environmental leaders who have the ability and determination to make a significant impact, and...
Scholarship Intent: To identify and nurture environmental leaders who...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: varies
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$10,000 annually for 4 years Ron Brown Scholar Program
Scholarship Intent: To identify and award African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Criteria:...
Scholarship Intent: To identify and award African-American high...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $10,000 annually for 4 years
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$1,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarships
Scholarship Intent: To offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community...
Scholarship Intent: To offer scholarships to students in financial...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
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Up to $10,000 Ruppert Educational Grant Program
Scholarship Intent: For “late-bloomers” with academic promise who struggled in high-school and early in their college career. Criteria: 1)...
Scholarship Intent: For “late-bloomers” with academic promise who...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $10,000
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$500-$5,000 Sacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Scholarship funds provide an opportunity to honor their loved ones, acknowledge and support the hard work and community...
Scholarship Intent: Scholarship funds provide an opportunity to honor...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $500-$5,000
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varies San Francisco Regional Mensa Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Intent: The Mensa Education and Research Foundation awards scholarships to students who submit compelling essays about their...
Scholarship Intent: The Mensa Education and Research Foundation...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: varies
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Up to $12,000 Sand Hill Scholars Program
Scholarship Intent: For graduating seniors who are willing to participate actively in workshop and mentoring activities throughout their...
Scholarship Intent: For graduating seniors who are willing to...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $12,000
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$500-$5,000 Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Scholarship Intent: To assist students who have attended at least four of the six secondary grade years at a Santa Barbara County school and...
Scholarship Intent: To assist students who have attended at least...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $500-$5,000
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$1,500 ScholarshipExperts Do-Over Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award students based on their responses to the given topic: If you could get one do-over, in life, what would it be and...
Scholarship Intent: To award students based on their responses to the...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,500
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$5,000 ScholarshipExperts Education Matters Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award the student who best responds to the following online topic ‘What would you say to someone who thinks education...
Scholarship Intent: To award the student who best responds to the...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $5,000
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$1,500 ScholarshipExperts Shout It Out Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students who best answer: If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be...
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students who best...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,500
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$1,500 ScholarshipExperts Top Ten List Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award students based on their responses to the given topic: Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get...
Scholarship Intent: To award students based on their responses to the...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,500
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$3,000 Schwallie Family Scholarship Program
Scholarship Intent: To support qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome residing in the United States pursuing post-secondary...
Scholarship Intent: To support qualified individuals with autism or...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $3,000
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$2,000-$15,000 Scottish Rite Supreme Council Scholarship Program
Scholarship Intent: The Supreme Council provide scholarships each year to worthy students who meet the academic and community service...
Scholarship Intent: The Supreme Council provide scholarships each...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $2,000-$15,000
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$1,500 SeniorAdvisor.com In-Home Care Innovation Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students based on their essay responses to questions about the healthcare industry and in-home care...
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students based on their...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,500
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$5,000-$10,000 Sequoia Awards, The
Scholarship Intent: To provide scholarships to High School Seniors who reside in the Redwood City community and have been actively...
Scholarship Intent: To provide scholarships to High School Seniors...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $5,000-$10,000
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$1,000- $5,000 SF Chapter of California Society CPAs Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to qualified applicants from universities in the San Francisco area. Criteria: 1) Must be either...
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to qualified applicants...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000- $5,000
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Varies Si Se Puede Medical School Scholarship Program
Scholarship Intent: To assist pre-medical students with the financial burden of applying to accredited U.S. Medical Schools. Criteria: 1)...
Scholarship Intent: To assist pre-medical students with the financial...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
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$1,000 Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students to be used toward their higher education. Criteria: 1) Open to 11th and 12th grade...
Scholarship Intent: To award scholarships to students to be used...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
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Varies Silicon Valley Childrens Fund Youth Education Scholars Program
Scholarship Intent: To help former foster youth achieve the dream of a college education or vocational training. Criteria: 1) Was a dependent...
Scholarship Intent: To help former foster youth achieve the dream of...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
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$1,000 Single Parent Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: The goal of our scholarship fund is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority...
Scholarship Intent: The goal of our scholarship fund is to help...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
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varies Sitka Tribe of Alaska Higher Education Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: The purpose of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Higher Education program is to financially assist qualified applicants enrolled...
Scholarship Intent: The purpose of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Higher...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: varies
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$5,000 Sixt rent a car Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Sixt Rent-a-Car has established a scholarship program to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in...
Scholarship Intent: Sixt Rent-a-Car has established a scholarship...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $5,000
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$500- $10,000 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To encourage the study of the geophysics and related geosciences and to recognize students demonstrating outstanding...
Scholarship Intent: To encourage the study of the geophysics and...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $500- $10,000
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$500-$1,000 Solano Association of Realtors Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Scholarships are granted to outstanding high school students entering college and college students in attendance at an...
Scholarship Intent: Scholarships are granted to outstanding high...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $500-$1,000
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$5,000 Soroptimist Georgia McHugh Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Soroptimist International of San Francisco has established a scholarship to provide financial assistance to San Francisco...
Scholarship Intent: Soroptimist International of San Francisco has...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $5,000
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Up to $5,000 Soroptimist International of The Americas,Inc.
Scholarship Intent: To doctoral candidates for the purpose of encouraging students to prepare for fields that support the Soroptimist mission of...
Scholarship Intent: To doctoral candidates for the purpose of...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Up to $5,000
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$1,000-$3,000 Soroptimist International of Vacaville Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: Soroptomist International of Vacaville, a women’s service organization, is offering scholarships to women who are graduates...
Scholarship Intent: Soroptomist International of Vacaville, a women’s...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000-$3,000
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$3,000-$5,000 Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
Scholarship Intent: Assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need...
Scholarship Intent: Assists women who provide the primary source of...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $3,000-$5,000
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Varies Soroptimist Sierra Pacific Region Fellowship Award
Scholarship Intent: The mission of the Sierra Pacific Region Fellowship Award is to advance the status of women, through financial support...
Scholarship Intent: The mission of the Sierra Pacific Region...
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  • Award: Varies
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$1,000-$6,000 SPE Foundation Scholarship Program
Scholarship Intent: To offer scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry. Criteria: 1)...
Scholarship Intent: To offer scholarships to students who have...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000-$6,000
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$27,500 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
Scholarship Intent: To encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of...
Scholarship Intent: To encourage a new generation of scholars from a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $27,500
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$2,500-$11,000 SPIE Educational Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: For students located anywhere in the world, from high school through graduate school and PhD programs, who are studying or...
Scholarship Intent: For students located anywhere in the world, from...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $2,500-$11,000
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$1,000 Spokeo Connections Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To provide financial assistance to incoming college freshmen or current undergraduate or graduate students. Criteria: 1)...
Scholarship Intent: To provide financial assistance to incoming...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
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$7,000 Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law and Policy Scholarship
Scholarship Intent: To award a scholarship to a qualified graduate student studying water law and policy or public administration. Criteria:...
Scholarship Intent: To award a scholarship to a qualified graduate...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $7,000
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