2023 Koshland Young Leader Awards (KYLA)

San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco
Updated on:
February 14, 2023


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.


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.

Application Timeline

February 9, 2023: Applications are open.

April 7, 2023: Applications are due.

May 2023: San Francisco Foundation notifies all 2023 Koshland Young Leader Award winners.


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

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