Current Funding Opportunities

Renaissance Scholars Program

It is a troubling statistic that one-third of foster children will be on public assistance as adults and a quarter will be jailed within two years after leaving the system. With research showing that foster children often face economic and personal hardships once they reach adulthood, California State University, Fresno proposes to make a difference by steering promising students to college through the Renaissance Scholars Program.

With your help, Fresno State is in a unique position to make a difference. While 70% of foster children say that they would like to go to college, fewer than 10% actually enroll. Of those who do enroll, only 1% graduate.

The effort would reach out to foster youths still enrolled in high school, offering individual counseling, encouragement and guidance through the college enrollment process. Once admitted to Fresno State, Renaissance Scholars would participate in a summer program to prepare them for college life. Scholars would continue to meet with counselors and they’d be given a number of opportunities to take part in academic and extracurricular activities.

The Renaissance Scholars Program would monitor and help students through every step of their college career – from health care to academic and career advising. Without family or others to turn to for support, government-based financial aid and private scholarships are critical to their success.
Please contact the Student Affairs Development Office if you would like to join us as a “Partner for Hope.” Your contribution of at least $4,000 will provide the equivalent of one year’s tuition and helps insure year round support for each Renaissance Scholar you choose to support. More importantly, your contribution will offer hope and a promise for a bright future to a young person whose childhood was compromised.

There is no better example of how a university education can change the course of a life through the Renaissance Scholars Program.

President's Honors Scholarship Program

President's Honor's Scholarship


The President’s Honors Scholarship program is one of the most important ways California State University, Fresno fosters the academic growth of its highest-achieving students. Recruiting the best and brightest students raises the level of educational opportunity available to the whole community at Fresno State.

With a curriculum dedicated to independent inquiry, imaginative thought and leadership development, honors scholars study under the finest faculty at Fresno State and engage in weekly colloquia.

The scholarships provide Smittcamp Family Honors College students with the means to succeed by paying registration fees, giving an optional credit for university housing, and supplying a laptop computer for each of the eight semesters of undergraduate enrollment.

The President’s Honors Scholarship program has become increasingly successful in its quest for academic excellence. Past honors scholars graduating classes have included several Dean’s Medalists and a number of President’s Medalists. More than half of the honors scholars have graduated with various levels of distinction, and many have excelled at graduate schools such as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Rice.


Among the many transformations under way at California State University, Fresno, none has enhanced our quest for excellence more than the Honors Programs.

Each year we select top students from throughout the state for engagement by our best faculty in one of the most stimulating and challenging intellectual learning environments available. The education of tomorrow’s leaders is a serious business, and we offer one of the finest honors programs in which outstanding students can pursue their life’s goals.

I invite you to join us in our journey to build tomorrow’s leaders by supporting the President’s Honors Scholarship program.


Supporting one or more of the President’s Honors scholars will guide these outstanding students on their educational journey toward an exciting future. Benefits of supporting a scholar include:

  • Named Honors scholarship;
  • Invitations throughout the year to attend various events along with your sponsored student(s);
  • Opportunity to mentor your student(s) and celebrate their achievements; and
  • Recognition in printed materials and in California State University, Fresno’s Smittcamp Family Honors College;


  • Make an annual pledge for a minimum of four years for each President’s Honors scholar you wish to sponsor.
  • Establish an endowment to provide a named Honors scholarship in perpetuity.
  • Planned Giving: Using tax, financial and estate planning techniques, you can make a substantial gift commitment for the President’s Honors Scholarship that could provide you with significant tax and financial benefits.