Gerald M. Starek Family Alumni Association Scholarships
About the Award
The generosity of alumnus Gerald M. Starek, ’63 Accounting and Finance, has paved the way for accounting and finance students to pursue their education at minimal cost.
"I was the oldest of eight kids and the first to graduate from college. I could not have gone to SJSU if tuition was as high as it is now. With this gift, I can help students, who otherwise couldn’t afford college, receive a great education at SJSU like I did.” - Gerald M. Starek
Every time a proud Spartan joins the Alumni Association, they make a tremendous impact on the lives of current students. Members help fund our Scholarship Program, one of the largest scholarship programs offered by an alumni association in the CSU system!
Help current Spartans pursue educational dreams and career goals by making a donation to the scholarship fund.
To discuss the creation of a scholarship program tailored to your specific interests, please contact us at 408-924-6515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hieu is pursuing his business degree with a concentration in accounting. He is highly focused and disciplined to fulfill his educational goals and desires to earn a CPA license to help small businesses succeed. Hieu firmly believes that education is the silver bullet that can alleviate financial struggles. He gives back to his local community by serving as Director of Disciplinary Leadership for the Vinh Son Liem Eucharistic Youth Group.
" 'A light shining in darkness' by Edgar Phillips. When the darkest day of my family came—the death of my father—I wanted to give up hope in my education. The Gerald M. Starek Family Alumni Association Scholarship gave me hope as a beacon of light and encouragement for me to step forward over my day of sadness and continue towards my goal of becoming a CPA. To be the recipient of this scholarship makes me feel like a special person, unique among thousands of students at San Jose State University. I am glad to receive the best gift from Mr. Starek and I promise to happily pave my good fortune forward in the future."
The use of numbers and flow of money in the real world is something that fascinates John. He aspires to be an accountant and learn the ropes of the business world before pursuing his dream of owning his own business. At Foothill High School, John has served as a math and science tutor for his classmates along with a number of other activities, including fundraising for wrestling tournaments and working with the Interact Club.
"I would like to first thank Mr. Gerald M. Starek and his family, as well as the scholarship committee for having enough faith in me to allow me to recieve this prestigious award. The award will ease the hardships of obtaining an education and that is something I will always be grateful for. I am so proud to have achieved this noble stature and I will use this award and credibility to pave a way to a greater future in all aspects of my life."
Bryan is a first-generation college student from Santa Rosa who believes a leader has perseverance, a great work ethic, is inspirational and knows how to treat people. He also feels leaders must help each team member find his or her strengths. As a volunteer and coach in his community, Bryan has demonstrated these characteristics. Through his degree at San José State, he aspires to be a CFO with a balanced life serving his field, family and community. Bryan completed the International Baccalaureate program at Montgomery High School.
"The Starek Scholarship has given me every opportunity to fulfill my dream as a first generation college student. My life will forever be changed. I will always look back and remember what a large impact this has had on my life in forming how my future is going to unfold. I can not express how grateful and thankful I am to SJSU, the Alumni Association, and the Starek family for allowing me this phenomenal opportunity."