Helping and Caring

Staff member with a passion for education seeds a new staff scholarship

May 23, 2012

Sami MonsurSami Monsur is a big supporter of education and mentoring in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, and she unabashedly encourages her fellow staff members to go back to school and earn a degree. Now, by seeding the new Supporting Staff at SJSU Scholarship, the resource analyst is going a step further to encourage her colleagues as they pursue higher education.

Monsur graduated from San José State with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish last year. The experience of simultaneously being a student and staff member—as well as the support she received on the path to earning her diploma—inspired Monsur to the create the $500 scholarship aimed at university staffers. 

“My dean, Elaine Chin, has been a strong supporter of our staff and she offers professional development, which has helped many, including me, pay for books and for costs related to our studies,” Monsur says.

Monsur’s annual staff scholarship will provide financial support for staff members working toward a degree at San José State—whether they’re employees of the university, Research Foundation or Tower Foundation. The scholarship is intended to help recipients pay for any costs related to being a matriculated student.

Monsur is a neighborhood activist, community leader and committed volunteer. Among the requirements for the scholarship is a demonstrated commitment to supporting the community.

Staff members are welcome to apply for the Supporting Staff at SJSU Scholarship, and Monsur is especially hoping to find more people to contribute to the initiative. For more information about applying or contributing, contact Monsur ( or Lamar Thorpe ( in University Advancement. 

(Photo: Sami Monsur with Frieda the chicken at a CommUniverCity Event.)

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