Starr King annually provides Institutional Tuition Scholarship Awards to assist students with the cost of tuition. Starr King institutional tuition scholarships are awarded through an internal process by the SKSM Scholarship Committee, a subcommittee of the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee considers the financial need of each applicant as well as the school’s commitment to educating to counter oppressions and our desire to manifest a just, multiracial, multicultural learning community. Students apply for Institutional Scholarships during the spring semester to receive assistance for the following academic year. While most awards are determined based on financial need, some are awarded as incentive grants or merit grants. The level of tuition aid may vary each year depending on a student’s financial application, available funding, and the number of qualifying applicants. Grants and scholarships awarded by SKSM are applied to tuition paid to SKSM, only.
Starr King Institutional Scholarships are funded through annual gifts given by friends of the School and through endowed scholarship funds. The endowed scholarship funds have been established in honor of beloved mentors and forbears. In making awards, the Scholarship Committee endeavors to match recipients with the interests and commitments of those honored.
In allocating Starr King Institutional Tuition Scholarship Awards, the Scholarship Committee will take into account each student’s projected graduation date and the pacing of their Personalized Payment Plan so as to assure an equitable distribution of tuition-aid.
- The Josiah and Laile Bartlett Tuition Scholarship honors the memory of Josiah Bartlett, Starr King’s former dean and president (during the 1950s and 1960s) and Laile Bartlett, sociologist of religion. As partners in ministry and life the Bartletts shaped Starr King’s progressive educational values and practices still in evidence today including personalized programs of study, student-centered learning, student involvement in governance of the School, and the creative interaction of religion and the arts. After serving as Starr King’s president, Dr. Bartlett pioneered the creation of the Unitarian Universalist interim ministry program.
- The William Smythe Boyd, III Tuition Scholarship was established by Miriam Boyd Gray in 1948 in memory of her father for the “education and training of men in the ministry.”
- The Cutten Family Tuition Scholarship was established in 2006 by Merrit Cutten to honor his parents and the legacy of ministerial leadership his family experienced as members of the First Unitarian Society of San Francisco.
- The Mark DeWolfe Tuition Scholarship honors the memory of Mark DeWolfe, a 1981 Starr King graduate who died from AIDS shortly after graduation. His parents began the endowed scholarship.
- The Aron and Eve Gilmartin Tuition Scholarship established in 1989 by members of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church honors the memory of Eve Gilmartin who served as an active lay leader for many years and Aron Gilmartin who served a lifetime in the UU ministry and was an inspiring exemplar of religious leadership for racial equality and social justice.
- The Raymond and Betty Goodman Tuition Scholarship was established in 2004 by Dr. Ray Goodman, a devoted Unitarian Universalist, who notes, “I would not have been able to attend college and medical school without such aid and consider it a gift to myself to be able to do this for others.”
- The Arnold and Ariel Grace Tuition Scholarship, was established by William A. Grace to honor his parents. Arnold Grace attended Wentworth Institute, was a WWII Army veteran, and worked at George Junior Republic as a plant engineer for 48 years. The award is for returning 2nd through 4th year students.
- The Gail Hamaker Tuition Scholarship was established in 1987 by her family for a ministerial student with financial need who is interested in some aspect of women and religion.
- The J. Henry Hanhisalo Tuition Scholarship is for a student with financial need who wishes to incorporate music into their ministry. It honors the memory of Rev. Hanhisalo, a Universalist minister of Finish descent who served in New England.
- The Janet Scott King Tuition Scholarship has been established by Jim and Janet King, devoted UU leaders, to assist a Starr King student with financial need.
- The Charles and Hilda Mason Tuition Scholarships, established by a bequest from the Masons, are awarded in honor of Charles and Hilda, members of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. who were leaders in civil rights, social justice work, grass-roots education, black empowerment, and more. Hilda Mason served as a trustee of Starr King School and was renowned for her bold leadership as a member of the City Council for the District of Columbia.
- The Gordon and Phyllis McKeeman Tuition Scholarship was established in 2002 for a student with a particular interest in Universalism who plans to enter parish ministry. The Rev. McKeeman served churches in Ohio and Massachusetts, then served as President of Starr King from 1983-88. Phyllis McKeeman has been active in UU church life and leadership for decades.
- The Rosamond Reynolds Tuition Scholarships are awarded in memory of Roz Reynolds, artist, friend and mentor to many Starr King students. She served as a trustee of Starr King and led the 1980’s campaign to establish the Aurelia Henry Reinhardt endowed professorship to secure a feminist voice and presence on Starr King’s faculty.
- The Elmo A. Robinson Tuition Scholarship was established for the “education of ministers” by Elizabeth Magers Robinson, member of the UU Church of Los Alamos, in loving memory of her husband.
- The Harry B. Scholefield Tuition Scholarship honors the memory of Rev. Harry Scholefield, minister emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco which he served from 1957-1973. Beloved mentor, he taught many ministers and ministerial students to memorize poetry as a spiritual practice. Scholefield was active in civil rights and peace movements; he received the Adin Ballou Grassroots Peace Award from the UU Peace Fellowship in 1986.
- The Nancy M. Shaffer Tuition Scholarship honors the memory of 2004 Starr King graduate Rev. Nancy M. Shaffer, who passed away June 5, 2012. Nancy served congregations in Maryland, California, Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan, and was well-known for both her lifespan faith development ministries and her poetry, publishing the meditation manual “Instructions in Joy” and the posthumous “While Still There Is Light: Writings from a Minister Facing Death.” This scholarship was created by Nancy’s father, Lee Brooks, to benefit a female student every year.
- The Jacob Trapp Tuition Scholarship is awarded in memory of Jacob Trapp, who graduated from the Pacific Unitarian School (now Starr King) in 1929 and served for a lifetime in the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Author of many hymns, and a down-to-earth explorer of prayer, meditation and the mystical aspect of the religious, Jacob Trapp has been acknowledged as one of the principal contributors to the creative evolution of UU liturgy.
- The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Scholarships were established by a gift from the Massachusetts Association of Universalist Women and are for general assistance to seminarians at Starr King.