City youth vaccinated against COVID-19 receive scholarships for four years of SF State tuition

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Program was announced last month in partnership with San Francisco public agencies

San Francisco State University has drawn 10 winners for its scholarship program announced last month — in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)  — for San Francisco residents ages 12 to 17 who received the COVID-19 vaccine.

San Francisco State awarded 10 scholarships through a drawing to fully fund four years of undergraduate tuition to the University for eligible youth who registered at participating vaccination locations in the city. All 10 winners have been notified, and six have already completed the process of confirming eligibility.

The six confirmed winners include seventh graders from Everett and Herbert Hoover middle schools; an eighth grader from Herbert Hoover; a ninth grader from Lincoln High School; a tenth grader from Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School; and a twelfth grader from Mission High School.

“We are so excited for this amazing opportunity,” said Tori Freeman, parent of one ninth grade scholarship winner. “We have worked so hard to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and my daughter is thrilled and blown away that she is one of ten lucky winners of the SF State vaccine scholarship.”

“SF State is committed to supporting college attendance among young people in San Francisco and helping to promote the city’s vaccination goals,” SF State President Lynn Mahoney said. “These scholarships can further public health objectives while lifting up a new generation of leaders for our workforce. I look forward to welcoming these Gators to our University over the coming years.”

Winners were randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. A minimum of one and a maximum of two winners were selected from each participating vaccination location. For more information about the program, visit