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Now Accepting Nominations for the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service

Nomination deadline: November 20, 2018

Each year, the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service provides a single $2,500 scholarship to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that John Welty Championed during his 22 years as President of California State University, Fresno.

Nominees must be a junior, senior, or graduate student, currently enrolled, and in good academic standing with the university. Nominees should demonstrate a regular commitment to service throughout their college career and must have a minimum of 150 hours in accredited service over the previous 12 months (approximately August 2017-August 2018).

You can preview the nomination form and questions on this pdf, but all nominations must be completed and submitted online at by November 20, 2018.  Self-nominations are accepted. 


Breaking Records 

We are so pleased to report that this past academic year (2017-18), 18,135 students, faculty, and staff members provided 1,436,069 hours of service to the community--a new annual record--which is equal to an estimated economic value of nearly $40.2 Million. This is an increase of about 50,000 hours of service from previous year.

The services provided range from short-term activities like blood-drives with the Central California Blood Center and Kids Day benefiting Valley Children's Hospital to nearly 200 service-learning courses and long-term teaching internships with local school districts.

Fresno State's commitment to service contributed to Washington Monthly ranking the university as number 24 of the top 30 universities in the nation last year. In fact, Fresno State was ranked second in the percentage of work study allocated to community service placements.

To learn more about how you can contribute to Fresno State's annual service goal, contact the Richter Center at 559.278.7079.