Koshland Young Leader Awards

Koshland Young Leader Awards

Announcing the 2021 Koshland Young Leader Awardees

Video by Wayne Bonilla. Watch more videos of past KYLA recipients on our YouTube Channel.

Our 2021 Koshland Young Leader Award Winners
Agnes Liang Mission High School
Jazmine Guzman de Anda John O’Connell High School
Joanna Chen Balboa High School
John Huynh Balboa High School
Johnny Lin George Washington High School
Kristel Mantilla Ulloa Mission High School
Lilian Emelife Phillip and Sala Burton High School
Marcus Young Galileo High School
Kaylie (Meiqi) Li Balboa High School
Songia Goodwin Mission High School
Wilson Wu Galileo High School

In 1999, Dr. Daniel Koshland Jr., the son of our foundation’s founding chairman, established the Koshland Young Leader Awards (KYLA), a scholarship program that recognizes young leaders who balance extraordinary challenges, including family separation and homelessness, yet continue to show academic promise and community leadership.

Each year, 11 outstanding San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) juniors are provided $10,000 each to fund college tuition and/or education-related expenses. To date, KYLA has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 100 young leaders to give them a jump start as they enter college.

Please click on the sections below to read more about the Koshland Young Leader Awards nomination requirements, process, and timeline.

Nomination Requirements

Candidates must be a junior with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Competitive candidates have demonstrated academic excellence (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA), are college bound, and embrace a commitment to strengthening their families and communities despite facing formidable life challenges, such as economic and family responsibilities.

Nomination Process and Timeline

March 1 – April 5: Educators nominate students

Call for educator nominations for the 2021 Koshland Young Leader Awards are closed.

April 6 – April 19: Students apply

Call for student applications for the 2021 Koshland Young Leader Awards are closed.

June 1: Foundation notifies award winners

See below list of our 2021 Koshland Leader Award Winners.

For questions about the awards program, please contact Nora Kim at nkim[at]sff.org.

2020 Koshland Young Leader Award Winners
Elisa Aguilar Cinto San Francisco International High School
Kathya Almanza Correa June Jordan School For Equity
Gabriela Gonzalez Martinez San Francisco International High School
Isreal Laviene Mission High School
Jyairrah Martin Ruth Asawa School of the Art
Jasmin Martinez Leadership High School
Karin Andrea Muniz San Francisco International High School
Nahomi Ruiz-Mejia KIPP Bayview
Rana Salem Balboa High School
Thiri Than Balboa High School
Tien Tran Mission High School