Alexander Maisin was of Russian Jewish descent and grew up in Harbin, China, where his family had moved to escape discrimination and violence. He fled China before the beginning of World War II, and moved to San Francisco, coming as a new immigrant without any funds, and worked as a longshoreman, loading and unloading ships in the San Francisco harbor. He invested his savings into a house, then another building, eventually owning commercial and residential properties throughout San Francisco.

When Mr. Maisin died in 1995 he left a significant portion of his estate to establish the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, to support needs in the community to make a difference in the lives of people in the San Francisco Bay area.

Current Opportunities for Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation

Maisin Scholar Award

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: March (1st Friday in March)
Description: The Maisin Scholar Award acknowledges students who exhibit unwavering commitment to their future and educational goals. The award is designed to support the needs of underserved students within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) who’s greatest strengths may not necessarily be in their academic performance, but demonstrate a strong dedication to continuing their post-secondary education. Maisin Scholars are awarded as much as $2,000 annually for up to four years of scholarship support.

Contact Information

Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation
474 Valencia Street, Suite 156
San Francisco, CA 94103