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To Search All Available SF State Scholarships visit Academic Works.  Or visit the SF State Fellowships website.

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The Kyle Whitham McLeod Scholarship

For San Francisco State University Undergraduates whose primary emphasis is Latin America

Kyle WhithamKyle Campbell Whitham McLeod, a 22 year old African-American senior at San Francisco State University, died in 2007 from injuries sustained in a fall.

Kyle’s parents, Gearey McLeod and Cynthia Whitham, and sister Miranda McLeod—with the generosity of family, friends, and colleagues—have created a scholarship at SF State in Kyle’s honor.

Kyle loved reading, music of all kinds, and history, particularly Latin American history. He made fast and deep friendships, often introducing his friends to classic rock, blues, or reggae music or to books by his favorite authors. He was sensitive to the plight of others, whether friends in need or the homeless he met in the streets of San Francisco.

Kyle often spoke in anger at the continuing rise in California State University fees, aware that he had family able to help him while others struggled to stay in school. In memory of Kyle McLeod, each year a SF State junior in good standing, majoring in Latin American History, whose values reflect concern for the others, is awarded a partial scholarship which the awardee may use to lower his or her fees in the next year. Recipient of this generous gift is chosen by the Department of History Faculty each year.

Scholarships and Awards for both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Kiana Dressendorfer Scholarship in Archaeology (Deadline: Mid April)

This scholarship is intended to help students pursue their interests and education in archaeology in any region of the world. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $1000. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 and write a short essay. The History, Anthropology, and Classics Departments administer the essay entries in late April of each year.

California Pre-Doctoral Program (Deadline: Contact Prof. Joy Viveros)

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Announcements and application forms are circulated early each spring. Students are selected by a committee of faculty from the California State University and the University of California. This is a one-time award. Current or former pre-doctoral scholars are not eligible to reapply.

The SF State University Scholarship (Deadline: Early May)

The San Francisco State University Scholarship is available to continuing SF State students on a competitive basis in recognition of academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need. Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the SF State Office of Student Financial Aid (apply using the 2007-2008 FAFSA application), be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or graduate GPA of 3.5. The application requires a personal statement. To apply, use the University Scholarship Application Form (doc).

Department of History Financial Aid and Fellowships

The Department of History has a number of fellowships in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year to enable students to enter and complete the MA program.  Beginning in Fall 2018, students will have to apply for these fellowships via Academic Works, a university application system.  For the Robert Pasker-Laurie Pitman Fellowship and the Shirley Barnett Memoiral Scholarship, the deadline is October 15 for Spring admission and February 15 for Fall admission.  For the continuing student fellowships, the department will inform students of the relevant deadlines.

The Robert Pasker-Laurie Pitman Fellowship for Entering Graduate Students 
Support for one to six incoming students with the strongest academic records and best writing samples. 

The Shirley Barnett Memorial Scholarship
Support for up to four incoming students over the age of 40 for up to five semesters.

The Jacques Hymans Graduate Fellowship
Support for a current student who is both academically successful and a contributor to the department. 

The History Department Graduate Fellowship
Support for one to six current students who have been academically successful.

The department also provides the Herodotus Fund for Graduate Travel in History to assist graduate students to travel both domestically and internationally for presenting papers and doing research. Students who have had papers accepted at peer-reviewed conferences should contact the department chair about these funds.

Graduate Assistantships

The department has need of qualified graduate students as assistants for lower-division survey classes. Their major duty is to grade exams or papers, with the total time of 35 hours per course per semester. If you are interested, either stop by the Department of History office and ask for an application. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Professor Crabtree at

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