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College of Education

Teaching For Change

The Lila Jacobs Scholarship Fund

About the Sponsor

Dr. Lila Jacobs was a professor in the College of Education and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (1993-1997). She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began teaching at Sacramento State in 1990. Dr. Jacobs founded the renowned Urban Leadership Program.

Her honors include the 2007 Leader of the Century Award from the University of San Francisco, College of Education/Leadership Studies. She was editor of The Politics of Survival in Academia: Narratives of Inequity, Resilience, and Success and coauthor of Cultural Conflict and Adaptation: The Case of Hmong Children in American Society. Dr. Jacobs was president of the California Faculty Association’s Sacramento Chapter and served on advisory boards of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Freedom Bound Center, and the Sacramento Women’s Network. She was most well known by her colleagues and students as a passionate advocate for those who come from historically disenfranchised and oppressed communities, especially those in urban environments. This scholarship was established by her close friend, Sharon Greenberg of Seattle, Washington, her family, and colleagues.

The purpose of the Lila Jacobs Scholarship Fund is to encourage a student to obtain a California teaching credential or an administrative credential with the expressed goal of working in an urban school (K-12) with students from low-income, culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.





  • Good academic standing
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in the single subject, multiple subject, or administrative credential programs
  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Must be enrolled at least half time 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).