ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The SJSU Alumni Association has one of the strongest alumni supported scholarship programs in the California State University system. We are proud to annually award a variety of 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.
HOW TO APPLY
We will accept applications for the 2014-15 academic year beginning in early 2014. Applications for 2013-14 have closed. Students, sign-up today to get the latest information when the application goes live!
- Alumni Association Deans' Scholarships
- Gerald M. Starek Family Alumni Association Scholarships
- Phyllis and Alan Simpkins Alumni Leadership Award
- Hoover-Langdon Scholarship
- Katherine Peterson Alumni Association Scholarship
- Santa Cruz Area Chapter Scholarships
- Santa Clara Valley Chapter Scholarships
- San José Woman's Club 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 college are chosen by their deans to receive a $3,000 annual scholarship.
College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Donald and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
Connie L. Lurie College of Education
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
College of Humanities and the Arts
College of Science
College of Social Sciences
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.
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.
The Alumni Association awards one $1,250 scholarship to an SJSU undergraduate or graduate student selected by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Many 50-year reunion classes have made a contribution to the Hoover-Langdon Scholarship Endowment, which began in 1954.
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.
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.
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.
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.