Scholarships & Financial Aid

The English Department offers scholarships for all undergraduate and graduate students in our programs. Here you will find the list of scholarships provided. Scholarship applications open at the beginning of the Fall semester. The deadline for all department scholarships is November 1. To apply for our scholarships, please visit the Academic Works website.

General English Scholarships

Debra Plousha Moore Scholarship

Provides an award of up to $1,000 to a graduate or undergraduate student in any degree or certificate program in the English Department at SFSU.

Eligibility: A minimum enrollment of 3 units in award semester. The recipient must demonstrate service and commitment to the African American community, and an interest in women’s issues, African American literature, or African American women.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double spaced) statement in which you:
    • describe your service and commitment to the African American community
    • describe your interest in women's issues, African American literature, or African American women
    • address you financial need
  • Copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.

Jim Brogan - Jack Post Scholarship

Provides an award of $1,500 to a San Francisco State student interested in literature based on queer/gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual perspectives.

Eligibility:A minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum enrollment of 6 units in award semester.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement addressing your interest in literature based on queer/gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual perspectives (please also address financial need).
  • copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.

Scholarships for Undergraduates Students

Society for Technical Communication (STC), San Francisco Chapter

Eligibility: Actively pursuing a degree or certificate in Technical and Professional Writing at San Francisco State University; GPA of 3.25 or higher in TPW core and/or skills elective courses; goals and achievements that are suitable and promising for a future technical communication career. Note: minimum of three such courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester in which one applies for the scholarship.

Requirements:

  • Current and future course information (attach as a PDF file to your application on Academic Works)
  • Unofficial college transcripts • Personal statement (one or two pages), which must include both statement of achievements in technical communication studies and statement of future academic and career goals.
  • One or two short original technical writing sample(s): combined length of all sample(s) should be a maximum of 8 pages. Please attach a brief description of the audience and purpose and of your development/production process, plus provide any other information that would help judges evaluate your work.
  • Current resume of relevant employment experience (optional)

ASW Scholarship

This scholarship provides an award of $1,000 to a declared undergraduate English Literature student.

Eligibility: A minimum GPA of 3.0; a minimum enrollment of 6 units in award semester.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement about your intellectual interests and accomplishments.
  • name and contact information for two faculty references.
  • copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.

Sara Ruth Prize

English Department faculty are invited to nominate essays written by undergraduate students enrolled in English classes. The paper or essay must be written as part of a regular course in the English Department. Early in the Fall semester, English faculty will nominate essays to be considered for this prize. Recipients of the prize will be notified late Fall. The amount of the prize varies. 

Scholarships for Graduate Students

Students Ellanore and Maurice Bassan English Department Scholarship

Provides an award of $500 to a graduate student pursuing the M.A. in English Literature who has demonstrated excellence in literary study.

Eligibility: A minimum GPA of 3.0; completion of at least 9 units of graduate study; and enrollment in at least 3 units in award semester.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double spaced) statement of academic and research goals and of financial need.
  • copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.
  • at least one letter of recommendation/support from a member of the Literature faculty.

R. Joel Dorius Memorial Scholarship

Provides an award of $1,000 to a graduate student in the Literature program who is interested in the study of Shakespeare and/or Renaissance literature.

Eligibility: A minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum enrollment of 6 units in award semester.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement describing your interest in Shakespeare studies or the study of English Renaissance Literature (please also address financial need).
  • copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.

Gail E. Weinstein Fellowship in Community Literacy Education

The Gail E. Weinstein Fellowship in Community Literacy Education provides an award of up to $1,000 to support a student in the graduate TESOL program who demonstrates outstanding potential and initiative as a community literacy practitioner and community partner. This fellowship, which reflects the TESOL program’s commitment to community service and learner-centered practice, honors Dr. Gail Weinstein, beloved professor, mentor, and friend to so many at SF State and the larger world of adult literacy education.

This fellowship encourages graduate TESOL students to use their passion and talent to enhance or create successful community partnerships, a primary mission of the Center for Immigrant & Refugee Community Literacy Education (CIRCLE), established by Dr. Weinstein in 2007. CIRCLE aims to strengthen immigrant families and communities, to support practitioners who serve them, and to engage students deeply in the fabric of their communities with experiences that build their professional and leadership skills.

Eligibility: A minimum 3.0 GPA; minimum enrollment of 6 units in award semester (see details of requirements below).

Requirements:

  • A 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement of purpose which describes your experiences and interests in community literacy education, as well as the ways this award will advance your professional growth as a community literacy practitioner. For this year’s award, we are particularly interested in reviewing applications from students with interests in strengthening the integration of Project SHINE into the local community and our TESOL program.
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial SFSU transcript.
  • A brief statement of financial need.

TESOL Convention Scholarship

Eligibility: Provides up to four graduate students in the TESOL Program with at least $500 for the purpose of attending the annual TESOL Convention. Awarded in time for travel (late February/early March). Applicants must be enrolled in the M.A. TESOL program in award semester.

Requirements:

  • A statement (two pages, typed, double-spaced) explaining why you wish to attend the Convention (how attendance will benefit you and others).
  • A brief statement explaining your financial need, including information about any financial aid you currently receive. • Your contact information: address, phone number, e-mail address.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.

TESOL Legacy Fellowship

The TESOL Legacy Fellowship supports the studies of one or more M.A. TESOL graduate students each year in order to facilitate the mentoring and professional growth of emerging professionals in the field. The award is given to continuing M.A. TESOL students and/or new students entering the program in fall semester who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and involvement with the Program or show exceptional promise to make important contributions to the field of TESOL in the future.

Eligibility: A minimum 3.0 GPA; minimum enrollment of 6 units in each semester of the school year of the award (see details of requirements below).

Award: Up to $4,000

Requirements:

  • A 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement of purpose which describes your contributions to the M.A TESOL program and your goals for professional growth and future contributions to the field. • A copy of your most recent unofficial SFSU transcript.
  • A brief statement of financial need.

Supplemental Questions:

  • A 1-2 page (double-spaced) statement of purpose which describes your contributions to the M.A TESOL program and your goals for professional growth and future contributions to the field.
  • Please upload an SFSU unofficial transcript here.
  • Write a brief statement about financial need.

Jan Gregory Postsecondary Reading and Composition Scholarship

Provides an award of $500 to a graduate student pursuing the M.A. in English (Composition), or either of the two graduate certificates.

Eligibility: A minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum enrollment of 3 units in award semester.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 page (double spaced) statement addressing your goals for graduate study and for your future career.
  • copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.
  • the name and contact information of a M.A. Composition faculty member.

Other Scholarships and Fellowships

  • To search for general scholarships, please visit the SFSU Academic Works page.
  • For a list a scholarships from the SF State Alumni Association, please visit their page.
  • For nationally competitive fellowships and CSU system-wide awards, see the Fellowships Office website. The Fellowships Office provides feedback on applications to many of the programs listed on its site.

To make an appointment, email Dr. Joy Viveros, fellows1@sfsu.edu, or call the reception desk to schedule an appointment: (415) 338-2103.

Financial Aid

  • The Office of Financial Aid offers a wide-range of helpful details on scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for this information.
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship: The purpose of San Francisco State University's Graduate Equity Fellowship program is to increase diversity by encouraging students with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and outstanding academic records to pursue and complete master's and doctoral degrees.
  • Other Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Questions? E-mail us at engdept@sfsu.edu