About the Alumni Association Scholarships

The Alumni Association scholarship program helps students pursue their goals of higher education at Sacramento State. Initially funded by donations from life members of the Alumni Association, these scholarships are now broadly supported by those that value the education they received while attending Sacramento State. These awards range in size from $500 to $3,000 for the academic year.

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year.

Our next round of scholarship awards will be for the 2018-19 academic year. The online applications are now being accepted with a deadline of Thursday, March 1, 2018. Please thoroughly read all of the instructions below to ensure that the appropriate information is submitted. All 2018-19 scholarship applications must be completed and submitted online with all requested materials. Please make sure your contact information is current and will be through June 2018. If you need any assistance or accomodations with the application process, please contact the Alumni Association office no later than Monday, February 26, to ensure that we can assist you in time to meet the deadline of March 1. (916-278-4723 or

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How to Apply

Apply Online

Then refer to the Instructions for each Alumni Association scholarship you are interested in as they all have a unique set of instructions and criteria. Eligible applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking the appropriate box(es) on the general application form:

  • Henry Steven Giron Memorial Scholarship—3.4 GPA or better
      • Current Sac State students committed to student life and activities as demonstrated by ongoing involvement. See instruction sheet for full details. May also be considered in other categories

To apply, click here. All applications must be submitted online.

NOTE: If you need any assistance or accommodations with the application process, please contact the Alumni Association office no later than Monday, February 26, to ensure that we can assist you in time to meet the deadline of March 1. (916-278-6295 or

Applications must be submitted online (active on Dec. 13, 2017) to the Alumni Association office by the deadlineThursday, March 1, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS

If you need to submit any materials via hard copy, please send them to the following address with a postmark of March 1:

Sacramento State Alumni Association 
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
6000 J Street, MS 6024
Sacramento, CA 95819

2018-19 Application Timeline

  • December 2017-February 2018: Application posted and submissions accepted
  • March 1, 2018: Application deadline
  • March-April 2018: Alumni Association Scholarship Committee reviews applications
  • May 2018: Scholarship recipients are notified
  • August 2018: Reception hosted for scholarship recipients and their families at the Harper Alumni Center, Sacramento State

For questions, please contact Renee Siden at (916) 278-4723 or  

About our Scholarships

About our ScholarshipsFreshman, Continuing Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Each year about twelve $3,000 scholarships are awarded within three categories: freshmen, continuing undergraduate and graduate. Each application is evaluated by the Sacramento State Alumni Association Scholarship Committee on the basis of;

  1. demonstrated academic success; 
  2. demonstrated leadership and participation and service in school and the community; and
  3. hardships and/or obstacles, financial or otherwise, that the applicant has overcome

Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Scholarship Endowment 

In December 2010, Leslie and Anita Harper established the first endowed scholarship as part of the Alumni Scholarship Program. Passionate about education, their intention is to support Sacramento State students that have strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated leadership and service, as well as financial need. Leslie graduated from Sacramento State in 1955 with a degree in business administration. 

Visual and Performing Arts Foundation Scholarships 

The Visual and Performing Arts Foundation of Sacramento funds scholarships to incoming and continuing students who are majoring in the visual or performing arts at Sacramento State. The following scholarships will be awarded on a rotating schedule: 

  1. Dorothy Augusta Memorial Music Scholarship—music majors
  2. Colonel J.L.S. Hopkins Scholarship—performing arts or communication studies majors 
  3. Earl Payne Memorial Scholarship—visual arts and/or photography majors 
  4. Doug Peckham Scholarship—theatre arts and film majors

Margot Shinnamon Bach Scholarship 

Established by alumna and former Sacramento State Alumni Association President, Margot Shinnamon Bach, this award recognizes a student with dedicated commitment to the pursuit of an English or communication studies degree.

Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010-11 by the Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter to recognize the value of their education and experiences gained at Sacramento State. This scholarship was created out of the chapter's desire to assist superior engineering students attending our University. 

Henry Steven Giron Memorial Scholarship 

The Henry Steven Giron Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Henry Giron, who was a member of the graduating class of 2011 and participated in many campus activities. This scholarship recognizes a student that is involved with campus student clubs, organizations or government.