Scholarship 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.     


Current SJSU students, apply by April 15 for scholarships!

Incoming freshmen & transfer students, apply by March 1. 

View photos honoring the recipients at the 2014 Scholarship Awards Reception!

Read the biographies of the 2014-2015 scholarship recipients!


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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 college are chosen by their deans to receive a $4,000 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

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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. Apply Now! Deadline: March 1, 2015 

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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. Application is now closed. Deadline: February 13, 2015 

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Hoover-Langdon Scholarship

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. 

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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.

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