Presidential Scholars


Presidential Scholars and Dr. Azocar standing and smiling at Special Event

Presidential Scholars at the 2021 SF State Alumni Hall of Fame from left to right:

Estefani Flores (anthropology), Da’Janique Crosely (undeclared), Cristina Azocar (faculty coordinator), Maria Rodriquez (biochemistry), Lorrina Jimenez (race & resistance studies)




San Francisco State University provides an outstanding mix of access and excellence for the approximately 30,000 students it enrolls.  Distinguished by its record of serving low-income students, first-generation college students, and underrepresented ethnic minorities, SF State strives to create pathways of opportunity for students from California, the nation and the globe in order to make their educational and occupational dreams become a reality.  The SF State Presidential Scholars Program, with the support and oversight of the Division of Student Life, promotes exceptional learning and adheres to the highest standards of academic quality in the spirit of inclusive excellence.

Each year, four to six scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to an entering freshman cohort of four SF State Presidential Scholars.  Awarding criteria is based on academic performance and leadership contributions and service activities while in high school; continuation criteria is based on academic performance and participation in cohort-based activities.  An emphasis on first generation, low income students from the San Francisco Bay Area is a hallmark of the program.  In addition to a four-year scholarship covering tuition/fees, housing and books, students participate in cohort-building co-curricular activities that are planned, implemented, and coordinated by a faculty coordinator, with developmentally appropriate programs designed specifically for the cohort of students. Graduating scholars are also recognized at Commencement.



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Presidential Scholars Showcase with Dr. Mahoney, spring 2021


Our SF State Presidential Scholars

Da'janique Crosley: Undeclared major 

John O'Connell High School, San Francisco 


Estefani Flores: Anthropology major 

Oakland High School, Oakland


Lorrina Jimenez: Race & Resistance Studies major 

San Leandro High School, San Leandro 


Maria Rodriquez: Biochemisty major 

Middle College High School, Richmond 



Headshot of Dr. Cristina Azocar, Faculty Coordinator 

Dr. Cristina L. Azocar (she/her/hers) is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe. She is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University where her research focuses on the intersection of race and journalistic practice, particularly in the area of news coverage of Indigenous people. Azocar earned her doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She has master's degree in Ethnic Studies and a bachelor's degree in Journalism, both from San Francisco State University. Her interest in diversity in the news media spans more than 30 years, and began with her concern about negative news media representations of Indigenous people. Dr. Azocar served as a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, directed the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism for 10 years, was a former editor of American Indian Issues for the Media Diversity Forum, and was an inaugural board member of the Women’s Media Center. She was the first recipient of AEJMC’s Dr. Paula M. Poindexter Research Grant for a research project on news coverage of the tribal federal recognition process forthcoming at Lexington Books.


For any questions or request more information about the Presidential Scholars Program at SF State, please contact Faculty Coordinator Dr. Cristina Azocar at or the Division of Student Life at