Scholarship: Earline L. Ames Memorial Scholarship


Value Eligibility Supplemental
  • minimum 3.0 overall GPA;
  • limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education credential program;
  • financial need may be considered but is not required;
  • no minimum enrollment requirement at time of award
  • Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) to include: a. Reasons for pursuing teaching b. Methods of financing your education and how you would use scholarship funds c. Future career objectives.
  • Submit a list of experiences related to working with children or youth beginning with the most recent. List dates, settings, student populations (age/grade level and diversity level), responsibilities, and supervision.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be on letterhead and no older than one year from date of scholarship application submission, and should be relevant to your educational endeavors (please scan letters together in one document, as the program only allows you to download one document).

About the Sponsor

Those who remember Professor Earline Ames as a tough, straight-shooting educator will not be surprised by the terms of her bequest to Sacramento State.

An initial distribution of $300,000 from her estate has established the Earline L. Ames Scholarship in the College of Education. Intended for students studying to become teachers, the gift came with the stipulation that all funds in the scholarship must be entirely spent within a 10-year period – or forfeited. Awards will continue until the funds are exhausted – but in any case within 10 years.

Professor Earline Ames served Sacramento State from 1968 until her retirement in 1983. She was a respected member of the faculty in what was then known as the School of Education, where she also served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences in Education. She was later appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ames’s faculty colleagues recall her forthright communication style and her vibrant leadership.

Earline Ames received her undergraduate degree from Baylor, master’s degree from San Francisco State, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her career in teaching lasted 36 years. She continued to take on new challenges even in retirement; in 1998 she co-authored When Grandma Learned to Fly, A Flight Instructor’s Nightmare, about her experiences gaining a private pilot’s certificate at the age of 75. Dr. Ames passed away in Rocklin in August 2007.