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Welty Award Nominations

Deadline: November 22, 2019

Each year, the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service will be given to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that John Welty championed during his 22 years as President of California State University, Fresno. If eligible, based on financial need, the award will provide a single $2,500 scholarship to the winning student.

Nominations may come from any person, including self-nominations. Nominations must clearly and concisely address the nominations criteria and questions. One nomination per student will be accepted. A selection committee will review nominations and determine the award winner.

The Welty Award selection criteria and nomination form are available online.

Fall 2019 Service-Learning Showcase: Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 24, 2019

Submission link:

The Service-Learning Showcase celebrates Fresno State students who have completed projects in service-learning classes this semester (Fall 2019) by providing them with an opportunity to share their service-learning experiences with the public.  The event features a poster exhibition where individuals or teams of students can present a poster on their experience including: the service they completed, what they learned through the project, and how they impacted the community.

Download the Call for Submissions and sample poster files for more information.

Please direct questions to Mellissa Jessen-Hiser at or 559.278.6986.

Breaking Records 

We are so pleased to report that this past academic year (2018-19), 18,932 students, faculty, and staff members provided 1,401,010 hours of service to the community which is equal to an estimated economic value of over $42.7 Million. 

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 an average of 156 service-learning courses and long-term teaching internships with local school districts.

Fresno State's commitment to service contributed to the 2018 Washington Monthly, ranking the university as number 24 of the top 30 universities in the nation. 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