Scholarship: Shari Wright Daniels Memorial Scholarship


Value Eligibility Supplemental
  • minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education credential program;
  • financial need may be considered but is not required;
  • must be enrolled half time at time of award;
  • preference shall be given to Liberal Arts majors or to students who have participated in the Sac State Spiritleader squad
  • Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) on why you decided to enter the field of education, and how do you hope to make an impact on children/youth in the classroom.
  • 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

A talented student, Shari Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in special education from Sacramento State, where she was both an honors student and cheerleader. Upon graduation she taught special education and worked as a resource specialist before being named vice principal at Skycrest Elementary School. Later she became principal at Starr King Elementary. She was one of the youngest administrators in the San Juan Unified School District

Extremely charismatic with a strong work ethic, Shari was determined to make a difference in any project she undertook. She was a fair and innovative principal, eagerly reaching out to students, teachers, and parents. Full of energy, she launched new programs, including a harvest festival and winter breakfast, and encouraged students to learn through fun activities, including a read-a-thon

Shari valiantly fought brain cancer for 10 years before succumbing in May 2007. “She never complained about anything,” said her husband Bobby. “She loved kids and believed in the education system and wanted to help make it better. She was such a caring person.”

As a tribute to her extraordinary life, Shari’s family and friends endowed the Shari Wright Daniels Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is dedicated to students that exemplify her commitment to education and children and will be awarded annually to a graduating student accepted into the teaching credential program. In recognition of Shari’s values and legacy, Liberal Studies majors or students that have served on the Spirit leader squad will be given preference for the scholarship.