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