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Now Accepting Applications for the Paul DeRuosi Memorial Community Service Scholarship

Nomination deadline: January 25, 2019

Each year, the Paul DeRuosi Memorial Community Service Scholarship will provide a $1,000 scholarship to an eligible student, based on their financial need, who exemplifies the commitment to service that Paul championed during his distinguished 31-year career at California State University, Fresno.   In order to be considered, applicants must be a freshman or sophomore, currently enrolled and in good academic standing with the university and must be able to demonstrate a regular commitment to service over the last two or more years.  

Other qualifications and criteria can be found, along with the full application, at  Nominations may come from any person, including self-nominations. 

For more information, please contact Chris Fiorentino at 

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.