Koshland Young Leader Awards

Koshland Young Leader Awards

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

Candidates embrace a commitment to strengthening their families and communities despite facing formidable life challenges, such as economic and family responsibilities. Each year, 11 outstanding San Francisco Unified School District juniors are provided $10,000 each to fund tuition and/or education-related expenses. To date, the awards program has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 170 young leaders to give them a jump start as they enter college.

Student applications for the 2022 Koshland Young Leader Awards are now closed. KYLA winners will be announced by May-June 2022.

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

Application Requirements

Competitive candidates must:

  • be a junior in a San Francisco Unified School District High School
  • have demonstrated academic excellence (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA) and be college-bound
  • have demonstrated significant leadership in their community, school, work, and/or home including active participation in school clubs, sports, volunteer work, religious community, college prep programming, family responsibilities, etc.
  • have overcome significant hardship (e.g., unstable housing, non-native English speaker, economic insecurity, health issues, immigrant story, family situation, etc.)
  • have a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, school administrator, or college prep program staff who can speak to their qualifications.

Tax ID or Social Security Number (SSN) is not required to apply, however, if selected, the student will need to provide either a Tax ID or SSN. If you do not have a Tax ID, visit The Unity Council website to help you obtain one.

Application Process and Timeline

February 9, 2022: Student applications are open for the 2022 Koshland Young Leader Awards.

April 7, 2022: Applications are due.

May 25, 2022: San Francisco Foundation notifies all 2022 Koshland Young Leader Award winners.

For questions about the awards program, please contact Mayra Roman at mroman[at]sff.org.

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