Overview & 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 demonstrate a strong dedication to continuing their post-secondary education. Maisin Scholars are awarded as much as $2000 annually for up to four years of scholarship support. Every year, 75 high school seniors receive the Maisin Scholar Award.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a San Francisco Unified School District senior with at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Will attend college or an educational program in the fall of your high school graduation year
  • Are committed to your educational goals beyond high school
  • Have displayed courage to overcome personal hardship


Selection criteria is based on the following:

  • Financial need
  • Commitment to higher education
  • 2.0 – 3.5 GPA
  • Clear education and Career goals


We believe every student has the ability to succeed, and we look beyond just grades to see each students’s unique and inspiring story. We are particularly interested in supporting students who may not be eligible for other scholarships because of their GPA, immigration status, or other reasons.

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