Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Spartans by Spartans


The SJSU Alumni Association has the largest alumni supported scholarship program in the California State University system! We are proud to annually award over $150,000 in scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students in their pursuit of higher education. These scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of SJSU Alumni Association members and donors. Learn about the 2015-2016 scholarship recipients!     



Application will open early 2016. 




Alumni Association Deans' Scholarships

Since 1975, the San José State University Alumni Association has awarded scholarships to students who excel in their academic studies and actively participate in the betterment of their communities through volunteer work. These awards are funded through the generous contributions of alumni and friends of SJSU and represent one of the strongest individual scholarship programs offered by any alumni association in the California State University system. Two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students from each of SJSU's seven colleges are chosen by their deans to receive a $5,000 annual scholarship.

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Gerald M. Starek Family Alumni Association Scholarships

The generosity of alumnus Gerald M. Starek has paved the way for accounting and finance students with financial need to pursue their education. These $7,500 scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Mr. Starek received his degree from SJSU in 1963 and went on to found Silicon Valley Group, Inc., a supplier of automated wafer processing equipment for the semiconductor industry. Mr. Starek is grateful to have received his education at SJSU at minimal cost and desires to give SJSU students the same opportunity he was afforded.

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Alan and Phyllis Simpkins Alumni Leadership Award

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of San José State alumni and friends, this $5,000 award is given in honor of the extraordinary legacy of leadership left by Alan and Phyllis '46 Simpkins to one incoming freshman who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement.

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Barnum Everett Scholarships

The Barnum-Everett Scholarship was established at the university in the early 1980s, thanks to Lena Barnum-Everett ‘30 Education. A lifetime member of the SJSU Alumni Association, Mrs. Barnum-Everett felt her education at San José State contributed to her successful teaching career and enjoyable life. At the time of her passing, she provided a trust to be used for the scholarship fund known as the Barnum-Everett Scholarship. Today, this award continues to help worthy students attending San José State University. Scholarship is available to undergraduate students (all majors) and those pursuing their teaching credential with a 3.0 GPA or better and are eligible for need-based financial aid. Preference is given to juniors, seniors and teaching credential students who demonstrate a combination of high academic standards, community and school involvement, and work experience. 

Hoover-Langdon Scholarships

The Alumni Association awards these scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students selected by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and community service. The endowment began in 1954 with the merger of the Hoover Fund and the William Langdon Fund. This year's awards are supported by a generous gift from the College Futures Foundation. 

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Katherine Peterson Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student selected by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and demonstrated community service. Endowed by the Keith and Katherine Peterson Charitable Remainder Trust, this scholarship is in honor of Katherine, who received her education degree from SJSU in 1951. She taught in the Sunnyvale school system for 20 years and established the history docent program. This gift reflects the Petersons' life-long commitment to education and encouraging the preservation of history.

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Santa Cruz Area Chapter Scholarships

Each year the Santa Cruz Area Chapter provides scholarships to high school and community college students from Santa Cruz County who elect to attend SJSU. Chosen by chapter members for their commitment to education and the community, these awards are supported by the chapter's annual activities, including the annual Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction. 

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Santa Clara Valley Area Chapter Scholarships

The Pat Porter and Hal Riddle Scholarships are awarded to students in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education and are supported by the chapter's activities. Pat Porter graduated from SJSU in 1966 and educated children for 38 years in San José Unified School District. Hal Riddle is a life-long educator who is honored for his commitment to service, inclusion and life-long learning. 

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San José  Woman's Club Scholarships

The San José Woman's Club is one of the oldest community organizations in San José. Scholarship programs for local students were instituted in the late 1940's and members of the San José Woman's Club continue to support local nonprofits and downtown community groups.

SJSU Salzburg Program Scholarships

Each year, the Alumni Association provides the opportunity for students to be SJSU Salzburg Scholars. Scholars represent San José State at intensive week-long sessions of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Global Citizenship Program, which are held at its historic palace of Schloss Leopoldskron in Austria. They spend the following academic year collaborating on a variety of projects to help promote global citizenship, improve the campus and strengthen their abilities to live and work in a complex, interconnected world.

Deltha-Critique Scholarship

Deltha-Critique, is a professional services firm incorporated in Louisiana and headquartered in New Orleans. The company provides professional services and business solutions to public and private sector customers primarily in the areas of aerospace, defense and energy. As a professional services contractor to NASA Ames Research Center, Deltha-Critique provides business operations and technical services.  Through its extensive partnership with NASA Ames and the recognition of the benefits of higher education, the interest was ignited to create a need-based scholarship for students at San José State University. 

Clyde Brewer Memorial Scholarship

Clyde Brewer began his career at SJSU in 1971 as the Director of Records and Admissions. He became the University Articulation Officer and made innovative changes to the process showing how community college courses transferred to the university. Clyde embarked on a project to create the first official website to show how equivalent courses transferred, making the process easier and faster for both the student and the university. Throughout his career, Clyde was an advocate for statewide articulation issues and was one of the founders of the California Intersegmental Articulation Council. In recognition of his dedication to transfer students, this scholarship is given to a transfer student from a California Community College.


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