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Outreach and Special Programs

Our Land Acknowledgment

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land. Created by: Dr. Leece Lee-Oliver



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Amber Esquivel, Outreach Counselor - Native American Initiative 

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The Native American Initiative has been established to increase the number of Native American students enrolling and graduating at Fresno State.

The following are essential components of the initiative:

  • Reach out to Native American students through partnerships and collaborations with Rancherias, school districts, and tribal agencies serving Native American students.
  • Develop and maintain support networks within the university and the Native American community.
  • Create a place that fosters a welcoming and supportive environment where students feel they have a home away from home. It is a place for studying, programming, faculty, staff, student meetings, social engagement, and student community building.
  • Promote and support events that bring Native American students and community to the campus.
  • Provide student academic monitoring and advisement that includes an “early warning” system.
  • Connect students with mentors (faculty, staff, and alumni)



The Native American Initiative will partner with tribes and tribal organizations to provide Native American students access to higher education through advocacy, outreach, assistance, and advising. 


To foster attending college culture for Native American students and their families through providing access and promoting higher education by building and nurturing relationships with tribes, organizations and the community.


Outreach NAI Linktree

This is your one stop shop for Fresno State related information and a list of scholarships that may be available for you! Information gets updated throughout the year so check back again and see what's new!

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Outreach NAI Linktree Website



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Campus Tour Schedule

Availability is on a first-come first-serve basis. Book your tours now with us on Calendly.

Spring 2022:
February 1st - May 13th
  • Tours not offered on these dates: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17), President's Day (Feb. 21), Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), Finals Week (May 16-20) 
Summer 2022: May 23rd - August 12th
  • Tours not offered on these dates: Memorial Day (May 30), Independence (July 4)
Fall 2022: September 1st - December 9th
  • Tours not offered on these dates: Labor Day (Sept. 5), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 23-25), Finals Week (Dec. 12-16)
  • Additional tours not offered on these dates: Oct. 5-7 and 13-14, Nov. 3-4
Spring 2023: February 1st - May 12th
  • Tours not offered on these dates: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), President's Day (Feb. 20), Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), Finals Week (May 15-19) 
  • Additional tours not offered on these dates: Jan. 24-27


Scholarships for Native American Students

Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship Fund

The Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship Fund is open to most enrolled California tribal members. Up to $20,000 is available each year to students seeking vocational, associates or bachelors degrees at any accredited, nonprofit college, university or vocational program.

  • Enrolled in a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree program at an accredited, nonprofit college or university
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Registered as an enrolled member of an eligible California tribe
Request informational materials at | 800.776.3863
Apply before May 31st


The Indian Boarding School Healing Scholarship & Fellowship Program

In support of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) students, NABS has created the Indian Boarding School Healing Scholarship for Descendants of Indian Boarding School Survivors.

  • Who: Tribally enrolled descendants of U.S. boarding school survivors who submit an essay with their relative's story.
    • Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at accredited institutions.
  • Terms: One time funding paid directly to the instiution through a partnership with the American Indian College Fund to be used for tuition, books, fees, etc.
  • Annual Timeline:
    • March/April - Annoucement
    • May 31 - Deadline
    • August - Award
Learn more about these two exciting programs!
Learn more about the Program

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American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund is accepting applications!
Make an account and apply by May 31st!

Contact info: | 800.776.3863
American Indian College Fund Homepage

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Catching the Dream

The range of Catching the Dream scholarships is from $500 to $5,000 per year, based on merit. Over 95% of students who applied have been awarded a scholarship.

Deadline to apply is April 30th for the fall semester.

Contact: | 505.262.2351
Visit their website

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Brown Girl Healing Scholarship

The application is open from July 5 - August 1, 2022 and eligible for all Native or Indigenous students living in Central California with or without federal recognition.

  • First-time and returning college or vocational Native students
  • Full-time enrollment with acceptance record
  • Be present in Fresno, CA to recieve scholarship award the week of August 7th and December 26th.
  • Submit a follow up letter and photo by January 1, 2023
Brown Girl Healing Homepage

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Patsy Mink Education Foundation

Patsy Mink Education Foundation is a scholarship for low in-come mothers with minor children pursing their first postsecondary degree.
  • Must be a women, at least 17 years of age with minor children
  • Pursing a first degree at a postsecondary level of education
  • Enrolled in a non-profit accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Must be low-income 
Refer to their website for more details about this scholarship application. Submission deadline is August 1, 2022.
Patsy Mink Foundation Homepage

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Native American Youth Conference

 The Native American Youth Conference (NAYC) is hosted under the department of Outreach and Special Programs at Fresno State. The one-day conference has a target audience of 6th - 12th grade Native American students from all school districts. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for future students to explore the pathways towards higher education by participating in workshops covering application admissions information, financial aid and scholarships, A-G requirements, pathways towards higher education, student services, and resources. Along with hearing from a special keynote speaker, cultural and higher education presentations. There is no registration fee and lunch is provided for all registered youth including a free conference t-shirt. 
To receive the latest information about conference updates subscribe to the Outreach NAI E-Newsletter (#5) and check out the conference homepage.

NAYC 2021 Website Homepage





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You can now submit a request to meet with Amber online or by phone appointment. Amber can help you review your CSU college requirements to attend Fresno State, discuss the pathways towards higher education, college preparation, and answer any of your questions.

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Outreach NAI E-Newsletter

The purpose of this newsletter is to share educational information and updates with K-12 students, transfer students, parents, educators, and those who serve our Native American community. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter to receive a new issue at the beginning of each month that’ll include updates and other important information on student reminders, early outreach college readiness, scholarships, and community events.


Neum Native American Student Association (NASA)

Neum NASA is a student organization open to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. They sponsor activities and host events to help raise awareness for a better understanding of the Native American community by promoting mutual respect among all people. Formerly First Nations, the club started in 1969 as the Tewaquachi American Indian Club. In 1983, Tewaquachi sponsored the first annual American Indian Heritage Week and Fresno State Pow Wow. These events helped promote Fresno as a focal point in the San Joaquin Valley for Native American people to unite and work together uplifting the culture and welfare of the Native American students and community. Today, the Native American Student Association carries on the tradition of hosting the annual Fresno State Pow Wow on our campus and actively seeks to raise the social consciousness by creating an environment of awareness and understanding of all Native American people.