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College of Education

Teaching For Change

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Scholarship

About the Sponsor

The purpose of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Scholarship is to promote literacy among underrepresented students in public schools by encouraging Sacramento State students to enter the teaching profession. In 1989, the Sacramento Kings honored the retirement of Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a $4,000 scholarship tribute calling it a “fitting tribute to the determination, perseverance, and excellence Kareem exhibited throughout his career, and the commitment he has personally made to fight illiteracy.”

After the Kings announced their scholarship, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added an additional $1,000 to perpetually endow the scholarship. It is hoped this scholarship will encourage underrepresented minorities to go into the teaching profession, thus encouraging literacy. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hopes that this scholarship will help deserving students achieve this goal.





  • Good academic standing
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education credential program
  • Financial need is not required
  • May be enrolled full or part time
  • Must be enrolled at time of award

Supplemental Materials

  • 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).