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Scholarships are among the most rewarding ways to give to Sacramento State because of the nearly immediate impact they can make on students’ lives.

As funding for education becomes increasingly unpredictable, more and more students depend on scholarships to pursue their dreams of a college education. Most work at least part-time, many have family obligations, and all feel the pinch from rising prices for living expenses. A scholarship can make the difference that keeps them on track to a degree.

Establishing, contributing to or endowing a scholarship helps ensure that Sacramento State remains affordable and accessible. It also provides opportunities to recognize and motivate our best and brightest students.

Scholarships can be created by an individual, a group or an organization through tax-deductible donations. Donors can choose to provide non-endowed scholarships, memorial scholarships or endowed scholarships. Endowed scholarships are particularly valuable to the University because they provide perpetual source of scholarship income.

For more information on scholarships at Sacramento State, please contact: 

Jackie Morris-Henderson
Stewardship coordinator
(916) 278-6931
The Scholarship Process
Establishing or donating to a scholarship is simple. We can help you:
Decide whether to create a new scholarship, give to an existing scholarship or establish an endowmentIdentify the amount required to support the awardSet up the scholarship accountReport to you on the scholarship’s annual activityThe scholarship awards cycle typically begins in the spring semester, with students applying for scholarships for the following academic year. Ideally, terms and funding for a scholarship should be in place no later than Dec. 31.

Scholarships may be designated to a particular major, field of study, or specific program. Or they may be unrestricted. Eligibility may also be based on class year and GPA and whether the student has financial need. It is best to keep eligibility as broad and flexible as possible to ensure that the scholarship will be awarded.

Under IRS regulations, donors may not select scholarship recipients. In some instances, donors may serve on scholarship selection committees so long as there are at least two other University representatives. California law stipulates that Sacramento State may not accept terms that give preferential consideration based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual

Types of Scholarships
Scholarships can be established by an individual, a group or an organization through tax-deductible gifts to The University Foundation at Sacramento State, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as Sacramento State’s philanthropic auxiliary.

Non-endowed Scholarship
A scholarship can be given on a “one-time only” basis or on an ongoing basis through an annual donation. Book scholarships, to help students cover expenses for textbooks and school supplies, may be established at a minimum level of $500. The recommended minimum for a scholarship that pays for fees is $1,000.

Endowed Scholarship
Donors may establish a new endowed scholarship with a gift of $10,000 or more. An endowed fund provides Sacramento State with an annual income stream to be spent for the fund’s designated purpose, while the principal of the fund remains intact. A portion of the fund’s income is reinvested to preserve the value of the fund over time.

Memorial Scholarship
Families may choose to suggest in an obituary that donations be sent to The University Foundation at Sacramento State for a scholarship in memory of a loved one. The Development Office will work with the family to write a formal gift memorandum—the document that legally establishes the fund—and establish a pending memorial gift account in the name of the deceased. Upon receipt of the memorial gifts, the Development Office will report the names and addresses of all donors to a designated family member or friend. When the stream of gifts has slowed, the Development Office will help the family choose the fund’s designation based on the amount in the fund. Memorial scholarships also can be endowed if the minimum of $10,000 has been achieved.