SF State Receives $10.5 Million for Life Sciences Training Program

SF State Receives $10.5 Million for Life Sciences Training Program

San Francisco State University has announced a five-year, $10.5 million grant from the Genentech Foundation to expand scholarships and support services for students studying science and medicine.

The largest grant ever awarded by the foundation will build on a program in the SFSU College of Science & Engineering that provides students, most of them from groups that are underrepresented in the life sciences, with financial resources, academic counseling, and mentoring. While the foundation has funded scholarships for more than a decade for master's students preparing to pursue doctoral degrees, the new grant will help support more than a hundred STEM students annually — including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, who are ineligible for scholarships and aid that require U.S. citizenship — over the next five years with targeted programs from their freshman year through to graduate school.

"This is a landmark grant for both the Genentech Foundation and San Francisco State, and we appreciate their generosity in investing in our students," said SF State president Lynn Mahoney. "The grant demonstrates recognition of SF State's outstanding track record in preparing our students to become productive members and leaders of the Bay Area workforce of the future."

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