Scholarships - Office of Student Financial Aid

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Scholarship Search Chart to assist you with your search.

Please read the scholarship eligibility requirements carefully to make sure you meet ALL eligibility requirements (e.g., major, gpa, enrollment requirement to receive the scholarship, other requirements as stated) before applying.

The keyword search is a powerful search option, but it is important to note that it searches the specific word(s) you select from the text used in our database.

Campus Scholarship Search

You can conduct a keyword search by:

  • Specific keyword (e.g., veterans, AB540, disability, community service, community involvement, etc.)
  • Major or college (e.g., enter "psychology" into the keyword box and click search for a list of business program scholarships or Science and Engineering, Liberal & Creative Arts, Health and Social Sciences, Business, Graduate College of Education, Ethnic Studies)
  • Enrollment status (e.g., entering or continuing)
  • Scholarship name
  • Sign in, complete your General Application, then click the "Show Filters" button for other searchable fields: keyword, "Scopes" (e.g., Journalism, College of Business, Office of Student Financial Aid, etc.), major, current class level, SF State GPA, and Cumulative GPA. Searching by "Scopes" will give you all current scholarships administered by the College or department or office. This "Show Filters" search will give you scholarships that you are eligible for by matching your information with each specific scholarship criteria.
    This search is recommended for "major" specific or "general" scholarships that are administered by specific Colleges, departments, or offices.

External Scholarship Search

You can conduct a keyword search by:

  • Specific keyword (e.g., veterans, AB 540 or AB540, women, disabilities, high school senior, etc.) It is good to also try 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 in your major)
  • Ethnicity (e.g., African American, Asian, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Jewish, etc.)
  • County (e.g., San Mateo county, Contra Costa county, San Francisco county, Marin county, Bay Area, etc.)
  • Scholarship name or enrollment status (e.g., entering, continuing)

Click on the scholarship name to learn more about the opportunity.

Click the "Visit" link to go to the organization's website for more information or to apply for the external scholarship. If you have questions, contact the organization.

Fields on the individual Scholarship page that are worth highlighting:

  • Citizenship: "Any" means that any citizenship status may be eligible, including international students and AB540 statuses (check with scholarship organization).
  • Financial Need: "Yes" means applicant must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)and have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. If the financial need states "Not a Requirement" this means you do not have to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. Check the "Criteria" to see if you must demonstrate financial need another way.

Additionally, check with your college, department, and their web sites for more scholarship information, as there may be scholarship opportunities which have not yet been listed on our searchable scholarship database. (See Resources Section)

If the application deadline has passed and you've determined that you are eligible for the scholarship, look over what is needed to apply and begin preparing for next year's competition.

Our office makes every attempt to remain current with the scholarship information and we encourage your feedback if you determine that a scholarship's information requires an update. Contact the Scholarship organization or campus department for the most up-to-date scholarship information.

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