Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Scholarship Background

The San Francisco State University Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship Endowment was created in honor of this young woman by her parents; Farzin and Julie Hatami. Ariana’s life was brutally and deliberately taken by a violent offender on December 17, 2016; she was 23 years old. Ariana was an exceptionally talented business major at San Francisco State. She had advanced herself as a Preferred Banker at First Republic Bank, Laurel Village branch in San Francisco. Her management, colleagues and customer’s describe Ariana as a bright young woman with a beautiful smile and warmth that drew people in. She was able to engage with her client’s from all walks of life and serve their banking needs with knowledge, professionalism and grace.

In the months following Ariana’s passing, her parents formed the Ariana Mae Hatami Foundation (AMHF, Est. April, 2017) with a simple mission: Transforming a heart-shattering tragedy into hope for survivors of violence.

Relationship abuse and domestic violence are a fateful everyday occurrence. AMHF is a place that works through and in partnership with local agencies that are aligned with AMHF's purpose. AMHF provides resources so that survivors of violence will receive an extra layer of help. With this endeavor, Ariana’s light and legacy will continue to shine for years to come.

We hope the Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship will provide SF State students an inspiration to carry on and totally break free from the cycles of domestic violence and in doing so, quite possibly make a significant positive impact that triggers a ripple effect for the world to see.

Click the link below to learn more about Ariana's story.

Arania Mae Hatami Foundation Homepage


The Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship will be awarded to continuing students at SF State, whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Students who apply should be enrolled in at least 12 academic units for undergraduates, and at least 8 units for graduate students.

Preference will be given to students who are homeless or have been physically displaced from their permanent residence due to circumstances of domestic violence as well as students who are current or former foster youth, including participants in the SF State Guardian Scholars Program, whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.

Applicants should have a demonstrable financial need and should be in good academic and social standing at SF State.

Applying for the Scholarship

Students may apply for the Ariana Mae Hatami Scholarship by submitting a brief application through AcademicWorks. Starting in the academic year 2020-2021, an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.