Frank Sheehan Scholarship

The Frank Sheehan Scholarship is awarded annually to one declared Math undergraduate student in the Math for Teaching concentration. This scholarship is for aspiring math teachers, for academic promise, leadership and community contributions.

About Frank Sheehan

A native San Franciscan, Frank Sheehan was a math major at Stanford when World War II interrupted his studies. He returned to graduate from Stanford (1947) and continued as a graduate student of mathematical statistics there until 1954, while teaching at Menlo College. In 1954 he was invited to join the mathematics faculty at SF State. He helped build what became the Math Department with longtime friends, David Blakeslee, Ralph Lakness and others.

Professor Sheehan held many influential positions at SF State including assistant dean, vice chair of the Academic Senate, founder of the Faculty and Staff Club, director of campus planning/executive dean, and acting vice president for administration.

Among the projects completed in those years were two Science buildings, a Library addition, an Administration addition, a Student Union, Student Housing buildings, a Health Center, a multiple-floor garage and other Capital Outlay projects.

He returned to his true love, teaching, in 1976. He also served on several hiring committees for presidents and other positions. Professor Sheehan took early retirement (FERP), finally retiring in 1993 as Emeritus.

Award Details

Award amount: $1,000.00 for Fall Semesters


  • Undergraduate Standing in Math for Teaching concentration

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 units

  • Financial Need (You do not need to be eligible for financial aid)

  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA

  • Open to citizens, permanent residents and international students

  • Awardee MUST attend a college-wide Donor Dinner held on main SF State campus. 

Apply on Academic Works.

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