Scholarships

Please review our many scholarships below. The College of Liberal and Creative Arts also has scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students that can be viewed and applied for through Academic Works.

For all School of Art Scholarships in Academic Works application requirements and to apply please go to the Academic Works website. Please note that the Martin Wong Scholarship in Painting/Drawing and Ceramics does not go through Academic Works (see additional information below).

This endowed scholarship was created as an expression of love and friendship for Andrew Sanders by his family, friends, and colleagues at Allbirds. Andrew received his B.A. degree in Art in May of 2020. He passed away in July of 2020 in a cycling accident, doing something he loved. Andrew Sanders had many hopes and dreams of a successful future creating art. He wrote about his dream of helping other artists when he became an established artist himself. As a student at San Francisco State University, he often struggled to find enough money to pay for materials to complete projects. This scholarship is intended to help undergraduate studio art students pay for materials needed for class projects. Andrew "Drew" Sanders was born on August 1, 1996, and grew up in San Jose. Throughout his life, he was known as a connector as he built strong friendships in many different communities. Andrew was most passionate about biking and art, but was also known as a musician, break dancer and photographer. He was a gifted independent artist and his work could be seen throughout the Bay Area as his many peers sported Andrew's clothing and accessory wear. Andrew spent endless hours at SF State's art and print studios. He was known in classes for his dedication to sketch art, while also using his energy to inspire his fellow students. From all who loved Drew, it is their hope that this scholarship will carry forward his energy and allow others like him to pursue their dreams at SF State.

Award Amount:

1 award of $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to undergraduate, declared Studio Art and/or Art major students practicing studio art.
  • Students must be currently enrolled, at least part-time, and taking two (2) or more classes in the School of Art.
  • Applicants must supply a work sample from a personal project.

The Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial support for outstanding undergraduate and graduate level students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who are emphasizing interdisciplinary arts studies.

Award Amount:

1 award of $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Major emphasis in interdisciplinary arts.
  • Enrolled as student in the SF State School of Art.
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Art Major (12 unit minimum) or Graduate Art Major (9 unit minimum).
  • Continuing student enrolled in subsequent Fall semester after scholarship application.
  • In good academic standing. Not a previous recipient of the Tamblyn Scholarship.
  • Submitted work must be interdisciplinary. Criteria includes a requirement that the student's creative work must reflect critical concern for social issues and be interdisciplinary, which is defined as experimental work integrating two or more from the elements of visual images, performance, text and sound.

The Fred M. Levin Award supports one graduating M.F.A. student to participate in the Headlands Center for the Arts' Graduate Fellowship Program. The program provides meaningful support to recent, promising studio art M.F.A. graduates, in partnership with esteemed Bay Area academic institutions. The program is unique in the country for addressing this critical juncture in an emerging artist's career, giving aspiring post-grads opportunities for professional development and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context.

Graduate Fellows receive private studio space; chef-prepared meals; public presentation opportunities, including participation in a culminating curated exhibition; and discounts on Headlands public events. Graduate Fellows are active participants in Headlands peer-to-peer-driven creative community and benefit from engagement with local, national and international artists participating in Headlands artists' programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduating M.F.A. Student in the School of Art M.F.A. Program
  • Headlands Fellowship Application submittal

Supports photographic achievement for senior students in memory of Jules H. Strauss.

Award Amount 

1 award of $2,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-Time Undergraduate Art Major. (12 unit minimum)
  • Photography emphasis.
  • A current second semester junior entering senior year in subsequent Fall semester after scholarship competition.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Funds scholarships for the benefit of students seeking graduate degrees in the School of Art.

Award Amount 

Amount of awards varies up to $6,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • San Francisco State University, Art Department student.
  • Full-time Graduate Art Major (9 unit min).
  • Second year Art Department M.F.A. student entering final year of study at SF State.
  • In good academic standing.

The Martin Wong Foundation scholarship competition was established to recognize and support excellence in ceramics and painting/drawing, the areas in which Martin Wong first pursued his interest in art, and later established his reputation.

Award Amount 

$2,000 and $3,000 each for Painting/Drawing and Ceramics

Eligibility Requirements

  • San Francisco State University student.
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Art Major (12 unit minimum) or Graduate Art Major (9 unit minimum).
  • Painting/Drawing emphasis and Ceramics emphasis Art Major.
  • Continuing student enrolled in subsequent Fall semester after scholarship application.
  • In good academic standing.
  • Not a previous recipient of a Martin Wong Scholarship.

Additional Information

Submit the following application materials via email to artgrad@sfsu.edu  by 11:59 p.m. on the due date, April 3, 2022:

  1. Art Scholarship Application. Download the Martin Wong application (Word)
  2. single PowerPoint or PDF or Keynote file that contains:
  • 8-20 images of artwork. At least 5 images must be in the medium student is applying to (ceramics or painting)
  • Label each image with title, date completed, medium, and dimensions (on each slide of the presentation)
  • An artist statement no longer than 100 words (typed in presentation)
  • A complete object list, typed in presentation (numbered checklist of artworks in order of presentation
  • A brief statement of financial need explaining how a Wong Foundation scholarship will help you achieve your academic goals (typed in presentation)

For more information please go to the Martin Wong Foundation website.

To provide financial assistance to students majoring in Art at SF State.

Award Amount 

2 awards of $6,000 each

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in the SF State School of Art.
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Major (12 unit minimum) or Graduate Art Major (9 unit minimum).
  • Continuing Undergraduate or Graduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application.
  • Graduating Senior or Graduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application are also eligible.
  • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Not a previous recipient of a Sher-Right Scholarship.

To support the work of students of excellence (undergraduate or graduate) with a focus in Digital Media and Emerging Technology in honor of the work and achievements of Steve Wilson.

Award Amount 

1 award of $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current San Francisco State University student in Art
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Major (12 unit minimum) or Graduate Art Major (9 unit minimum)
  • Continuing Undergraduate or Graduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not a previous recipient of the Steve Wilson Award

2022

  • Andrew Sanders Memorial Scholarship: Takahiro Okubo
  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Jake Shapiro
  • Cadogan Scholarship: Philippa Renshaw, Maryam Safanasab and Jake Shapiro
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Philippa Renshaw and Maryam Safanasab
  • Fred M. Levin Award for the Headlands Graduate Fellow: Nicole Shaffer
  • Jules H. Strauss Scholarship in Photography: Jasmine Liang
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Jake Shapiro and Philippa Renshaw
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Chelsea Addison-Torres + Jonathon Bout
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Laurilyn Vallar-Hingada and Haley Summerfield

2021

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Jiovanny Soto
  • Cadogan Scholarship: Natasha Loewy and Haley Summerfield
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Sheri Park and Leonard Reidelbach
  • Fred M. Levin Award for the Headlands Graduate Fellow: Kristen Wong
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Joey Rose Pule and Erin Keaton
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Siena La Mere and Haley Summerfield
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Beril Or and Xavier Anderson Villaluz
  • Steve Wilson Award: Philippa Renshaw

2020

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Beril Or
  • Cadogan Scholarship: Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien and Leonard Reidelbach
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Nicole Shaffer and Kristen Wong
  • Fred M. Levin Award for the Headlands Graduate Fellow: Calum Craik
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Leonard Reidelbach and Takahiro Okubo
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Elliot Hwang and David Pierce
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Calum Craik and Nathan Kosta
  • Steve Wilson Award: Sheri Park

2019

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Charlotte Beck
  • Cadogan Scholarship: Beril Or and Nicole Shaffer
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Calum Craik and Nathan Kosta
  • Fred M. Levin Award for the Headlands Graduate Fellow: Daniel Southard
  • Ihle Award in Printmaking: Richard Bond
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Avery Caauwe and Kathryn Kim
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Isaiah Phillips and Gayla Biggers
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Shirin Khalatbari and Kristen Wong
  • Steve Wilson Award: Beril Or
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: DJ Meisner

2018

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Calum Craik
  • Cadogan Scholarship: Daniel Southard
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Shirin Khalatbari and Daniel Southard
  • Gwynn Vitello Award for the Headlands Graduate Fellow: Jenna Meacham
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Clara Davis and Lizzy Blasingame
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Kayla King
  • Murphy Award: Shirin Khalatbari
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Denver Gacayan and Jenna Meacham
  • Steve Wilson Award: Nathan Kosta
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: Jennifer Hood

2017

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Shirin Khalatbari
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Amy Cella, Jenna Meacham, and Leslie Samson-Tabakin
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Joshua Solis
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Ryan Spork and Armando Corral
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Michelle Haas 
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Bronwyn Dexter and Sean Healy
  • Steve Wilson Award: Cynthia Belran-Islas

2016

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Jenna Meacham
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Bronwyn Dexter and Joshua Solis
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Shannon Abac
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Leslie Samson-Tabakin and Amy Cella
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Alden Enriquez and Jeannie Ichimura
  • SFSU/Kala Art Institute Master of Fine Arts Fellowship: Leslie Samson-Tabakin
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Alexander Goodwin and Leah Virsik
  • Steve Wilson Award: Bronwyn Dexter
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: April Longley

2015

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Kimberley Arteche
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Shannon Abac, Kimberley Arteche, Sean Healy, Leah Virsik
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Brittany Powell
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: David Rogers and Alan Khum
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Jason Henry and Shannon Abac
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Eden Evans and Young-Sun Choi
  • Steve Wilson Award: Jacqueline Dailey
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: Nicole Anastas

2014

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Stephanie Sherriff
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Brittany Powell and Centa Schumacher
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Lauren McKeon
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Nash Bellows and Christopher Macatangay
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Tiffany Tang and Marlo Zhang
  • SFSU/Kala Art Institute Master of Fine Arts Fellowship: Leah Virsik
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Kim Arteche and Leslie Bock
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: Young-Sun Choi and Isis Hao

2013

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Day Hanson
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Leslie Bock, Lauren McKeon, and Jason Perry
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Nyssa Zinn
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Bryan Lacalle and Nicolette Stellavato
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Leslie Bock and Thomas Weber
  • SFSU/Kala Art Institute Master of Fine Arts Fellowship: Centa Schumacher
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Laura Fischer and Joan Gallego
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: Jun-Eun Chun and Isis Hao

2012

  • Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Lopez
  • Leo D. Stillwell Award: Laura Fischer, Sarah Frazier, Laurel Prieto and Elia Vargas
  • Headlands Master of Fine Arts Award: Jordan Perkins-Lewis
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting: Robin David and Phillip Gann
  • Martin Wong Scholarship for Ceramics: Christina Longoria and Nicholas Oh
  • Sher-Right Scholarship: Paula Moran and Christina Salangsang
  • Strauss Scholarship for Photography: Caitlin Alexander and Michael Thurin