Future Scholars


How to Apply

The 2018 Maisin Scholar Award application will open on October 1, 2017. Access the application here.

In addition to your personal information, the application will require the following:

  • Answers to a few short response questions
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one MUST be from a teacher of an academic subject)
  • High school transcript (sometimes called a Scholarship Record)

If you have any questions, please see our FAQs or contact our office at maisininfo@sfedfund.org. Applicants will be notified in April via email.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Maisin Scholar Award acknowledges students who exhibit unwavering commitment to their future and educational goals. The award is designed to support the needs of undeserved students within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) whose greatest strengths may not necessarily be in their academic performance, but who nevertheless demonstrate a strong dedication to continuing their post-secondary education. Maisin Scholars are awarded as much as $3,000 annually for up to four years of scholarship support. Every year, 75 high school seniors receive the Maisin Scholar Award.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a San Francisco Unified School District senior with at least a cumulative unweighted GPA between 2.0 and 3.5
  • Will attend college or an accredited educational program in the fall of your high school graduation year
  • Are committed to your post-secondary education

Higher consideration is given to an applicant who:

  • Come from a low-income family
  • Will be a first-generation college student
  • Is historically underrepresented in higher education

We believe every student has the ability to succeed, and we look beyond just grades to see each student’s unique and inspiring story. As such, we highly encourage students who may not be eligible for other scholarships because of their GPA and/or immigration status to apply for our scholarship.

For more information about the Maisin Scholar Award Program, see our Scholar Handbook.

When to Expect Your Scholarship Award

Timely submission of all required documents will allow us to send your scholarship award by the end of July. Please note that once we mail your scholarship disbursement it can take up to up to 3-4 weeks for your institution to process the check and apply it to your account.

Maisin Scholarship Program Timeline


Applications can be submitted beginning October 1, 2017.


Application closes on February 19, 2018 at 11:59PM PST. All requested materials must be in by this time to be considered complete, and only complete applications are reviewed.


Candidates’ applications are reviewed by the Maisin Review Committee and finalists are called in for an in-person interview during Spring Break.


New Maisin Scholars are selected and notified. Announcements are also made to the community and SFUSD.


The Award Ceremony for the new Maisin Scholars is held. All scholarship recipients are required to attend.


Mandatory events for new Maisin Scholars, including the New Scholar Orientation. Maisin Scholars from previous years begin to apply to renew their award.


Renewal applications are due by the 2nd Friday in July annually.


Scholarship disbursements should arrive at your institutions no later than mid-August.