Karen D. Horobin Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Child Development Community Service

About the Sponsor

Karen D. Horobin was born in 1953 to an English working-class family. Neither of her parents had finished high school, so it is not too surprising that she herself dropped out at age 15. After about a decade of odd jobs, she decided to finish her education, taking full advantage of available scholarships and fellowships. After graduating with first-class honors from the University of Birmingham, she eventually earned her Ph.D. in psychology at UC Davis. In 1994 she joined the CSUS faculty in the Department of Child Development in the College of Education. There she made award-winning contributions to community service, with special emphasis on programs in early childhood education, including Head Start. When she retired in 2016, she had big plans for world travel. But these plans were soon cut short when she was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, to which she succumbed in 2018. Her husband, Dean Keith Simonton, then chose to honor her memory by endowing a scholarship that best reflects her personal experiences and professional commitments.



This scholarship is intended to support two students annually.


  • Major in Child Development.
  • Eligible class levels: any Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior, and/or Graduate students. 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (Sacramento State or transfer GPA) for undergraduate students and minimum GPA of 3.5 for graduate students.
  • Financial need may be considered but is not required.
  • At least part-time enrollment is required.
  • Preference for student who is involved in community service work with infant, toddler, or pre-school children from low-income backgrounds. Student applicants shall include an outline describing their community service work with this population.