Scholarships

Important Information:

  • Scholarship applications are normally due in the Spring semester. Awards are disbursed in the following Fall semester.
  • One exception are the applications for the TESOL Convention Scholarship which are typically due in the first week of February. Awards are disbursed during the Spring semester.
  • Specific instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year will be announced in early Spring 2015.
  • Requirements and award amounts listed below are subject to change for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Gail E. Weinstein Fellowship in Community Literacy Education

The Gail E. Weinstein Fellowship in Community Literacy Education supports students in the graduate TESOL program who demonstrate outstanding potential and initiative as community literacy practitioners and community partners. 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 year, thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Weinstein’s family, we are able to provide one award up to $1,000, to be disbursed in Fall 2015.

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.

Debra Plousha Moore Scholarship

Provides an award of up to $1,000 to a 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 your financial need
  • Copy of unofficial SFSU transcript.

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.

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 Fall 2015.

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.

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.

Jim Brogan - Jack Post Scholarship

Provides an award of $1,000 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.

Jim Kohn Scholarship

Provides an award of $500 to a graduate student in the M.A. Linguistics and TESOL Program.

Eligibility: A minimum GPA of 3.0., completion of at least one semester in M.A. TESOL or M.A. Linguistics by Spring 2015, and enrollment in at least 9 units of graduate coursework during at least one semester of the upcoming academic year.

Requirements:

  • A two-page, up-to-date statement of purpose indicating goals for graduate study and future career in the field of applied linguistics or TESOL.
  • A completed Statement of Financial Need
  • A current, unofficial SFSU transcript

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.

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 Spring semester 2015.

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.

Sarah Ruth Prize – English

Provides an award of up to $500  to undergraduate English majors with a nominated essay from an English course.

Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate English major student; enrolled in at least 6 units.

Requirements: Faculty in the English department are invited to submit outstanding essays from undergraduate students.

Other Scholarships and Fellowships

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.