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 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.
- 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
Since 1975, the San Jose State University Alumni Association has awarded scholarships to students who excel in their academic studies and actively participate in bettering their communities through volunteerism. These awards are funded through the generous contributions of alumni and friends of SJSU and represent one of the largest individual scholarship programs offered by any alumni association in the California State University system.
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Business
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Applied Sciences and Arts
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Education
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Engineering
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Humanities and the Arts
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Science
Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship - Social Sciences
Two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students from each college are chosen by their deans to receive a $3,000 annual scholarship.
$7,500 will be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in accounting or finance with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Gerald 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, where he served as President and CEO. Mr. Starek is grateful to have received a great education at SJSU with very 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 Phyllis and Alan Simpkins to one incoming freshman who demonstrates academic excellence and leadership.
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. From there, 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 encouraging the preservation for history and
making education opportunities available to those who might not otherwise be able
to attain them.
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 Jose Unified School District. Hal Riddle is a life-long educator who is honored for his commitment to service, inclusion and life-long learning.