Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
The scholarship application period for Fresno State starts October 1, 2023 and ends on March 2, 2024. This application period is for current year scholarship opportunities that may become available during the 2023/2024 academic year as well as for future scholarship opportunities for the 2024/2025 academic year.
Please note there are different deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities offered at Fresno State. Since these deadline dates can change without notice, please do not procrastinate on finishing the application process. If you are currently enrolled at Fresno State, it is highly recommended that you submit your scholarship application as soon as possible.
Current Year Opportunities
In order to be considered for a Fresno State scholarship, students must be a continuing student or a new student who has applied for admission for the 2024/2025 academic year. Before you attempt to apply for Fresno State scholarships, please make sure you have received a Fresno State Student I.D. number and have activated your MyFresnoState account with a valid email address. All scholarship applicants must use their MyFresnoState log-in user name and password to access the scholarship application and/or the scholarship directory for current year opportunities.
Please be prepared to provide two different personal statements. One statement is to give you an opportunity to tell us important things about yourself that are not addressed or apparent in the application. The second statement is regarding your career objectives. Once you finish and submit the general scholarship application, you will be presented with recommended opportunities for which you might be eligible. The recommended opportunities can be a combination of general scholarships (open to all students) and departmental scholarships (restricted to students within a specific major). These scholarship opportunities require additional questions to be answered and/or supplemental documentation to be uploaded.
- Lyles College of Engineering Honors Program
- Craig School of Business Scholars Program
To apply for the Engineering and Business honors program, you must first complete the Fresno State General Scholarship Application. After you complete the general scholarship application, you will be able to view and apply for these honors scholarship opportunities. The scholarship requirements and supplemental program application will be visible under the “opportunities” directory.
- Smittcamp Family Honors College - President's Honors Scholarship
If you have any questions regarding the President's Honors application, please contact The Smittcamp Family Honors College at (559) 278-8160 or by email at email@example.com.
Please submit your application and all required documentation by the posted deadline. No paper applications will be accepted for these scholarships and there are no exceptions to the posted deadline under any circumstances.
Fresno State is excited to partner with the Bulldog Infrastructure Group, LLC (BIG) for a 33-year public-private partnership (P3) contract for the Central Utility Replacement Project. This project will address the campus hot and chilled water generation and distribution piping network, providing energy efficient and reliable heating and cooling for more than 25,000 students, faculty, and staff.
Among the many improvements and opportunities presented by this project, BIG is offering two $2,500 scholarships annually: one for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Energy Efficiency, and one for Outstanding Achievement in Community Outreach, Education, and Promotion of Energy Efficiency.
BIG will award these scholarships to students who are actively incorporating sustainability and energy efficiency into their academic and extracurricular experiences.
The application period for this scholarship starts October 1, 2023 and ends on March 2, 2024. Applicants from any major are eligible to apply.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Enrolled on a full-time* continuous basis at Fresno State in Fall 2024
- Undergraduate = continuous enrollment in 12 or more units
- Graduate = enrolled in 7 or more units.
NOTE: Incoming freshman in Fall 2024 are not eligible to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Features of the online scholarship application
The online scholarship application offers our applicants many features. Please review the below features to learn more about the application process.
The scholarship application has a General Application section and an Opportunities section. After the student submits their application, the program automatically recommends scholarships to the applicant based on answers entered on the application and/or academic information uploaded from our campus admission and records database. If corrections need to be made after the scholarship application has been submitted, students have the ability to log-in and update their information as long as it's before the scholarship deadline.
When applying for scholarships at Fresno State, you will be asked to submit a personal statement. Your personal statement is a very important part of your application for scholarships and should be given special time and attention.
The purpose of the personal statement is to give you an opportunity to tell us important things about yourself that are not addressed or apparent in the application. In making decisions about scholarships, we want to consider your personal attributes and gain some sense of who you are; your experiences, accomplishments, and a variety of qualities such as motivation, self-discipline, leadership, commitment to others, your intended field of study and your career goals as well as your academic record.
Each year, Fresno State receives applications from many more students than we can award, and the academic records of these students are usually very similar. In order to discover and evaluate the distinctions among these applicants, scholarship selection committees look closely at an individual's entire application. The academic record, information about accomplishments and activities, and personal statements help us gain insight into a student's level of achievement and character. Taken together, these factors enable us to weigh what we can offer the applicant. In some cases, the personal statement can be a critical factor in the selection process.
Carefully read the instructions and/or questions on the application. A common mistake applicants make is to skim through the instructions contained in the application. Take time to read and understand all the instructions so your application is a true and complete reflection of you.
Remember that your application will be compared to other qualified students, many of whom have shared similar experiences or academic achievements. Your personal statement needs to clearly convey what you think is important for us to know about you. In reading your statement, we look for personal characteristics that include creativity, intellectual curiosity and achievement, personal initiative, motivation, leadership, persistence, exceptional recognition and rare talent, the ability to overcome hardship and get along with others, and service to others. In any case, your statement should clearly convey what you think is important for us to know about you and convey a sense of a full human being behind the GPA and test scores. If you are applying to a specific major, you should discuss your interest in your intended field of study.
We expect you to write the personal statement yourself; write in your own voice. At the same time, it is probably wise to have a friend, teacher, or parent read the statement to advise you on how well it conveys what you want it to say, and if it reflects who you really are. Remember: the purpose of the personal statement is to help selection committees know you on a personal level.