Alie Darabinajad Sanjari Memorial Scholarship


Alie Darabinajad Sanjari was born in Iran in 1930. At the age of twelve she wanted to apply for flight lessons but her plans were interrupted by WWII. She married young, and became a dedicated care giver and loving mother to her children. In 1968, she and her husband sent their oldest daughter to the United States to attend school, and in 1970 they sent their other two children so they, too, could receive a quality education. A few years later, she joined them and started taking English classes for herself. She focused on her education and was committed to being a lifelong learner. In the late 1990s, she started taking courses at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California and ended up receiving three degrees. She later transferred to Dominican University in San Rafael, California, and, in 2010, she transferred to San Francisco State University.

Alie Darabinajad Sanjari inspired people with her commitment to academic and intellectual growth. At the age of 83, she was one of the few older students and Iranian American women at San Francisco State University among tens of thousands of students. She was a fashionable woman who loved life and was engaged with her grandchildren and family members, living a healthy balanced life. Education meant so much to her. When she set foot on the SFSU campus, she would say, "I am in paradise when I am at school." One of her favorite sayings of the Persian poet Saadi was, "Seek Knowledge from Cradle to Grave." Posthumously, her children received Alie's Bachelor's Degree, presented by Dr. Margret Lynch, from SFSU on October 11, 2013 at her burial ceremony. Dr. Lynch was a professor at San Francisco State University from 1975 to 2016.

The goal of this scholarship to to provide support to students so that they can complete their education in a timely manner. 


How to contribute:

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It has been a great honor for me to have spent my teaching career at SFSU. This is true because of students like Alie. SFSU is such a unique and special place that allows all types of students to find a place to thrive and realize their academic dreams. Ali exemplified such a student and I was fortunate to have been her professor in several classes. For example, students in their 20s often struggle with courses such as statistics and were awed and inspired by this delightful 80+ year old student who stuck with it until she had mastered the course. Alie was this way in all her classes, no language barrier or age issue was going to keep her from realizing her dream of a degree in psychology! May her example and this scholarship, thanks to your donations, continue to inspire others and help them realize their dreams! Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Dr. Margaret F. Lynch