Koshland Young Leader Awards

The Koshland Young Leader Awards recognize the next generation of leadership in our community and honor outstanding San Francisco public high school juniors who balance extraordinary family, economic, and societal pressures with the discipline required for academic excellence, and the drive to succeed at community leadership.

We are pleased to announce that the nomination process for the Koshland Young Leader Awards will open on Monday, December 11, 2017. Established by Dr. Daniel Koshland, Jr., this scholarship program provides $10,000 each to up to eleven outstanding San Francisco public high school juniors from low-income families.

The most competitive candidates have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA, are college-bound, and embrace a commitment to strengthening their communities despite facing formidable life challenges, such as economic and family responsibilities. Through the Koshland Young Leader Awards, we applaud and support students’ dedication to succeed academically, overcome hardships, and pursue their college and career goals.


This is a three-part nomination process:

  • Part 1: A teacher/counselor submits the online nomination form, including complete official high school transcript. Please submit your nomination here by Monday, January 29, 2018.
  • Part 2: Student will be prompted via email to submit an online self-nomination form by Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
  • Part 3: Finalists will be invited to a mandatory in-person interview on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

You may nominate more than one student. We strongly encourage you to consult with your nominee(s) while preparing your nomination. Please be as thorough and detailed as possible in answering each nomination question, as the Teacher/Counselor nomination form is a critical determinant of which students proceed to the interview stage. Each nomination should tell a strong story about why the nominee’s life fits the spirit of this award.

Please note: Late or incomplete nominations, including student nomination forms without teacher/counselor nominations, will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Katz at akatz@sff.org.

Learn more about the 2017 winners:

Are you a former Koshland Young Leader Awardee? If so, please let us know what you have been up to by completing this brief survey!