Photo at Business Scholars Reception Aug 2016

Business Scholars

Business Scholars– receive multi-year scholarships and serve as ambassadors for the Craig School. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen, incoming transfer students, and select continuing students. Scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic excellence, proven capability for academic success, leadership, and service. Incoming freshmen receive $20,000 over four years-- $5,000 per year with up to three renewals for maintaining qualification. Incoming transfer students receive $5,000 per year for two years for a total of $10,000. Continuing students receive $5,000 per year for up to three years.

The funding for the Business Scholars program comes from several sources, including:

  1. Craig Scholarships from the endowment established by the Sid and Jenny Craig Foundation established when the school was named in 1992;
  2. Fresno Merchants Scholarships from the scholarship endowment established from a $1.7 million gift in 1998 from theFresno Merchants Association;
  3. Clemmensen Scholarships established from contributions from distinguished alumnus Larry Clemmensen;
  4. The Matoian Scholarships from an endowment by Matty Matoian;
  5. Joseph Presuitti Scholarship established from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation;
  6. The Madriano Scholarship from an endowment by Joseph Madriano;
  7. A Citibank Scholarship;
  8. A Union Bank Scholarship

The Business Scholars Program is administered by the Dean’s Office within the Craig School of Business. The application deadline for the  Business Scholars Program is February 1 for students entering the following academic year and for existing students wishing to be considered for membership in the Business Scholars.  All complete applications are reviewed by a team of faculty and advisors.  Approximately 10 scholarships are awarded each year.

Applications for a Business Scholars Program scholarship may be submitted one of two ways: (1) Complete the appropriate application from a link provided below and mail the application and required accompanying documents to the address on the application; (2) Apply for a general scholarship on the Fresno State Scholarship website and upload the appropriate Business Scholar (or Smittcamp Scholar) application and accompanying documents as a single pdf file as instructed in the link for Craig School of Business Scholars Program.

First time Freshmen:

Minimum requirements for consideration:
- An un-weighted high school GPA of at least 3.5 or better
- New SAT I composite score of 1100 or above or an ACT composite score of 22 or better
- Leadership and service receive additional weighting, as shown by school activities and service to the community.
- Certify intention of obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration or B.A. in Economics

Existing CSB Students and Transfer Students:

Minimum requirements for consideration:
- A 3.8 GPA, cumulative
- Demonstrated leadership and service, as shown by school activities and service to the community while in college
- Certify intention of obtaining a B.S. degree in Business Administration or B.A. in Economics