Scholarship Opportunities

Africana Studies, San Francisco State University, and our donors work together to make education affordable for our students by offering scholarship opportunities in order to aid the experience in pursuing a degree.

Learn more about current funding opportunities below.

Joseph L. White Endowed Scholarship in Africana Studies

Joseph L. White Endowed Scholarship in Africana Studies

Joseph L. White, Ph.D. (1932-2017) graduated from San Francisco State University in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, followed by a master’s degree in 1958. In 1961, he was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and developmental psychology from Michigan State University and one of five African Americans in the country to hold a doctorate in psychology. He returned to San Francisco State University in 1968 as a faculty member and an administrator, and he was influential in establishing the University’s Africana Studies Department (originally, known as the Black Studies Program) during the 1968 strike.

At the height of the civil rights movement, Dr. White emerged as a powerful voice of change: challenging psychologists to understand better the unique experiences of ethnic minorities. In 1968, he helped found the Association of Black Psychologists and his seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970 laid the foundations of Black psychology, which introduced Black perspectives into mainstream psychology. Learn more about Joseph L. White.

This scholarship honors Joseph L. White and his accomplishments. Read more about the creation of this endowed scholarship.

Application is due March 25, 2024.

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Dr. J.E. "Penny" Saffold Leadership Award

Dr. J.E. "Penny" Saffold served as vice president for Student Affairs since 1994 and dean of students since 1984. In addition to enriching the student experience outside the classroom, she directed a broad range of offices and departments on campus: undergraduate admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, registrar, student health, University housing, educational opportunity programs, disability programs and resource center, athletics and University Police among others.

Dr. Saffold dedicated her career to developing leaders and making student experience at SF State rich and rewarding for everyone, and this award commemorates her exceptional work.

Application is due March 25, 2024.