The Institute for Holistic Health Studies


SFSU Graduate There are many opportunities for San Francisco State University students to earn support for studies, and to use the concepts and skills they learn in Holistic Health Studies classes. Here are a few examples.

1. Fulbright - US Student Program

A Fullbright Grant allows for individually designed study/research projects, or work as an English Teaching Assistantship, in a country outside the U.S. during one academic year. The grant provides support for work in a single country. It provides opportunities to meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. This facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis, and helps develop an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs. Ultimately, promoting mutual understanding through engagement in the community isthe goal.

Grant Categories

U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:

Full Grants for Study/Research
Most grants offered in the US Student Program are Full Grants. These include grants in academic fields and in the Creative and Performing Arts and Writing.

Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships
ETA Grants are available to over 50 countries. Additional countries may be added.

Travel-Only Grants
Available in a limited number of countries only and are designed to supplement: - an award from any source that does not provide for international travel - a student's own funds for study or research

2. Christy Kearny Award in Nursing and Holistic Health

The Christy Kearney Award in Nursing & Holistic Health scholarship is awarded each semester to a San Francisco State University School of Nursing undergraduate student who is engaged in community service, who has an interest in holistic health, and who has an interest in oncology nursing. To be eligible for this scholarship the student must meet the following minimum criteria: maintain a 3.0 GPA, part-time enrollment in the nursing program; provide a statement of his/her professional goals, and provide a statement regarding need for the scholarship. Candidates will be reviewed and awards of $500 to $1000 will be made each semester. Application deadlines: Fall - October 25th, Spring - April 15th. Please deliver completed application to the School of Nursing BH 357 and mark "Confidential - CKA Scholarship Application."

3. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Houston. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for study abroad for U.S. citizen or U.S. national students who are receiving federal need-based financial aid. Successful recipients receive up to $5,000 for one semester or the academic year. For more information and to apply, please refer to the web site or call toll free 888-887-5939. SF State students have been very successful in this competition.

4. Institute For Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE)

ICCE offers placement opportunities within community-based organizations, internships with civic organizations, and scholarships that recognize exemplary service. An internship is an excellent way to learn about careers, to acquire practice job skills, and to make important contacts for future job searches. It is not uncommon for an intern to eventually become an employee.

5. SFSU/CSU Student Research Competition

The California State University Student Research Competition is a system-wide competition to showcase the excellent research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Student participants make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California. The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.

Five Holistic Health Studies students have placed first in annual California State University research competition (1989, 1992, 1996, 1996 and 2001). Two students placed first in the SFSU research competitions (1997 and 2005), and two were runners-up in the 1995 research competition. Dr. Erik Peper worked patiently with many of these students to help make this possible.

If you are interested in the competition see individual Holistic Health Studies faculty for current program information, or check the CSU website (the competition is held in spring semester).

6. Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center

The Willie L. Brown Internship Program provides outstanding upper division students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a fifteen-week intensive semester program that focuses on preparing students from diverse backgrounds to understand how local governments function, exposes them to meaningful careers in public service, and brings their talent and energy directly into the city agencies and institutions that are addressing challenges faced by local governments. The program is built on four pillars: academic excellence, professional development, leadership, and service in the public sector. The overarching goal of the program is to help students recognize that they can be leaders who can effect change in society and to prepare them for this role and responsibility.

Interns receive on-the-job work experience in a San Francisco city agencies and organizations, a $2000 stipend, 3 units of academic credit for enrolling in AU600, a required professional development seminar, and mentorship.

7. Additional Opportunities

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