Genentech Foundation Freshman Scholarship

For students majoring in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round, but the Summer/Fall 2022 deadline has past. After the application deadline is over and throughout the year, you can complete an Applicant Profile. If you submit a profile, we will let you know if any new scholarships or fellowships open outside of our regular spring application deadline.

Purpose: To prepare students from underrepresented groups, first generation college students, and students with disabilities for biomedical careers by providing academic support and a stimulating research experience. The goal of the program is to prepare each participant for entrance into a competitive graduate program and successful completion of a PhD in the biomedical sciences or an MD, DDS and DVM degree.

Year 1 total scholarship = $4,700

  • Summer Bridge for 8 weeks (Students receive $2,000) before starting freshman year:

During the summer before Freshman year, students take

  1. Pre-calculus (Math 199)
  2. Preparation for College Chemistry (Chem 100)

During the academic year (September to May) scholars receive $300/month stipend to particpate in research activities


Year 2 total scholarship = $5,700

Summer directed research at SF State after Freshman year ($1,000/month)
During the academic year (September to May) scholars receive $300/month stipend:
Participate in academic research as long as supported by the program
Attend an annual local or major scientific meeting to share research results
Eligibility to apply for Junior/Senior Scholarships with paid tuition

Applicant eligibility:

Must be a SF State student (or currently applying to become one)
Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, DACA, or AB540
Must commit to research for one year or more
Must also apply to the SF State Metro Academy. See more information and how to apply HERE.


  • The online application is closed.

The scholarship is awarded on contingency of matriculation at SF State.

We strongly encourage you to apply on-line, however if you are unable to do so please contact the SEO Office ( for an alternate, paper application packet.


Metro College Partnership

All students applying for the Genentech Foundation Freshman Scholarship must also apply to the SF State Metro Academy. See more information HERE.


The SEO programs are designed to prepare students from underrepresented groups including those with disabilities for advanced biomedical degrees by providing financial support, academic support and stimulating research experiences.