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

Previous Recipients

2013-14: Brenda Vasquez

Members Make a Difference!

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! 

Support Spartans!

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 


John Carandang

John Carandang

The use of numbers and flow of money in the real world is something that fascinates John, a freshman from San Ramon. 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 Dingus

Bryan Dingus

A freshman from Santa Rosa, 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."