Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships

Many students struggle to find the means to pay for the cost of attending a university or college, a cost that has increased over the last five years. It may also seem very daunting for many student to go through the process of finding and applying to scholarship programs for which they qualify, but is well worth the time and effort if it is able to help decrease student loan debt or your own out of pocket expenses. There are many scholarship programs available and may be sought out by either speaking with a counselor under the Advising and Resources Center or by visiting the Fresno State Scholarship Office. We highly recommend that all students start by meeting with the Scholarship Office to find the right scholarship program for you.

Available Scholarships for Students Under the College of Science and Mathematics

Below are some scholarship programs for students majoring in one of the degree programs under the College of Science and Mathematics.

General

Carl E. Levin Science and Math 
Awarded to students pursuing a degree in Natural Science.

Clay Science Education 
Awarded to students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics who are preparing to be secondary Life Sciences or Physical Science teachers. Preference is given to ethnically underrepresented students.

Downing Science Scholarship 
$2000 scholarship to be awarded to entering senior undergraduate student in each department of the College of Science and Mathematics who is selected by the department as the outstanding academic scholar based on academic record and achievement through the junior year.

Ibrahim Abou-Ghorran 
Student must be enrolled in natural sciences, demonstrate financial need and a student in good standing.

Jason Fulton Memorial Scholarship 
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a degree within the College of Science and Mathematics with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students with disabilities and those who show interest in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and/or Mathematics.

Mark T. Kuncir Scholarship 
A $2,000 scholarship shall be awarded annually to qualified students who are a veteran or a member of the United States military. Preference will be given to students studying geology or science and math. Applicants must be in their sophomore year or higher and be in good academic standing.

Milton J. Lindner Memorial Scholarship 
A $1,200 scholarship to benefit any deserving undergraduate/graduate student pursuing a course of study in the sciences under the auspice of the California State University, Fresno, College of Science and Mathematics.

Neva W. Hollister 
Awarded to upper-division students in the School of Natural Sciences.

S.C.O.P. Latino Scholarship 
A scholarship has been made available by the Science Careers Opportunity Program (S.C.O.P.), to students who are members of S.C.O.P. Preference is given to Chicano/Latino Pre-Health students.

Department Scholarships

Biology

Doris F. Falk Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in a biological science degree offered by the Department of Biology who will be graduating with a bachelor's degree the semester the scholarship is awarded, and has the highest overall GPA, which must be at least a minimum of 3.9, of any graduating biology student the semester the scholarship is awarded.

Floyd L. R. Burks Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to deserving and in need students enrolled in pre-medical courses.

Fly Fishers for Conservation Scholarship 
Awarded to students in pursuit of studies in Biology, who demonstrate an interest in a research area benefiting Central California cold-water trout streams, and must demonstrate the motivation and desire to achieve a graduate degree within the College of Science and Mathematics.

George Van Vleet Jr. Memorial Scholarship 
Established by Mrs. Elin Van Vleet and awarded annually to students majoring in Biology.

Gina Arce Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 who demonstrate the motivation and desire to achieve a biology degree within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Peter James and Edna Louise Grilione Memorial Environmental Biology Scholarship 
Awarded to students enrolled in the College of Science and Mathematics who have a personal interest in pursuing studies in environmental biology. Preference shall be given to individuals who demonstrate creative potential in the discipline and who creatively and actively pursue studies in environmental biology.

Howard P. Kubo, M.D. Scholarship 
Pre-medical scholarship awarded to students for outstanding achievement in the Biomedical Sciences

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Scholarship 
Pre-Medical scholarship awarded to students preparing for a career in medicine.

Lilian D. Wells Scholarship 
Awarded to deserving Botany or Biology students with a demonstrated financial need. Students are to be selected by the Chair of the Department of Biology.

Lorraine Wiley Scholarship 
Awarded to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 who demonstrate the motivation and desire to achieve a biology degree within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Outstanding Graduating Biology Student Award 
Awarded to graduate students based upon a high level of academic achievement with significant extracurricular endeavors contributing to the field of biology in general, and to the department in particular.

Patricia A. Gillies Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to junior or senior biology students with a GPA of 3.5 or better who have an interest in entomology. Preference will be given to students who also show a strong interest in Hispanic cultures.

Ralph McCoy Award in Botany Scholarship 
Established by Beta Beta Beta Biology Club, the award goes to an outstanding senior planning to complete graduate work in Botany. Selection of the recipient is made by Botany faculty members.

Russell T. Bell Scholarship 
Awarded to a senior or graduate Biology student majoring in Limnology.

The Schiff Family Scholarship 
Awarded to junior and senior level undergraduate students who are enrolled on a full-time basis in the College of Science and Mathematics. First priority will be given to those students majoring in pre-medicine.

Chemistry

Professor Kenneth W. Chan Scholarship 
Awarded to students planning to major in Chemistry. Preference given to freshman and sophomore students having demonstrated strong promise in the field of, or for the support of chemistry research, or other experimental chemistry activities for students.

Stanley M. and Frances C. Ziegler Physical Chemistry Scholarship 
Awarded to chemistry majors studying physical chemistry.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dana Geology 
$300 is awarded to a senior or graduate student in the Department of Geology. Scholarship is non-renewable.

Ken Schmidt Hydrogeology Scholarship 
Awarded to a deserving student pursuing studies in Earth and Environmental Science, and who demonstrates an interest in groundwater. Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and demonstrate motivation and desire to obtain a graduate degree in Geology within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Patagonia Scholarship 
Two full-ride scholarships shall be awarded to qualified students who are incoming freshmen and demonstrate intent to major in Environmental Sciences. Preference will be given to applicants who also have demonstrated an interest in African American or Native American cultures. This scholarship shall cover annual tuition, on-campus community style university housing, meal plan, and a book stipend.

Frederick Dale Trauger Endowment Scholarship 
Scholarships for students majoring in earth and/or environmental sciences, one or more such student(s) demonstrating academic achievement and/or potential. Preference shall be given to junior or senior level students.

Norbert W. Larsen Scholarship 
To support geology student study and research scholarships. Priority will be given to students transferring from or graduates of Reedley College.

Mathematics

Professor Frank Morris Memorial Scholarship 
$1,000 scholarship for students majoring in mathematics.

Physics

John R. Dews Physics Research 
Awarded to part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a cumulative minimum GPA of at least 3.0 earned over the last one (1) year of academic instruction, and demonstrated strong interest and ability in physics.

Jean S. Hirayama Scholarship 
Awarded to students with a strong dedication to the field of physics and who possess the qualities that exemplified the life of Jean S. Hirayama.

Ward and Oma Miles Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to students of senior standing who are planning to major in the field of physical science and with an interest in atomic energy. The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of financial need and educational promise.

Harry Burbridge in Physics 
Awarded to students who have completed their sophomore year or, one (1) semester at California State University, Fresno after transferring from another institution. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, educational promise and an interest in the science of Physics as a career.

Cheunjit Katkanant Memorial Scholarship 
Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in Physics with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Improving the Image of Science in our Society 
This scholarship is given to an incoming freshman who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Physics.

Hands-On Networking in Industry 
Awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in Physics who demonstrates financial need, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Physics Millennium 
Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Physics who demonstrates financial need and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

James T. Shockley Scholarship 
Awarded to junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students majoring in physics at California State University, Fresno. Students must demonstrate financial need, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and commitment to continue education toward either a secondary school teaching credential in the sciences or graduate school with the intent of teaching at the collegiate level.

Psychology

Pickford Memorial Fund-Psychology 
Scholarships available to Psychology students in memory of W.O. Pickford, Vivian I. Pickford, and William R. Pickford, their son.

Dr. Edward V. Tenney Award 
This scholarship is presented at the end of each Spring semester to an outstanding senior male and female Psychology major as determined by rules and conditions of the Psychology Department.

Roger L. Bailey Memorial 
Awarded to graduate students in Psychology or Counseling.

Lee J. Cronback Psychology 
Student must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at Fresno State and have a cumulative minimum GPA of a least 3.5 earned over the last two (2) years of academic instruction. Students must demonstrate a strong interest and ability in research involving psychological measurement methods used in psychological research.