Student Scholarship Opportunities
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Fresno State awards over a thousand scholarships totaling more than 3.8 million dollars in free money to incoming and continuing students. Institutional scholarships range from $100 to almost $12,000 and are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments, and organizations to students who meet specific criteria. Regardless of your accomplishments, interests, background, or G.P.A., we encourage all students to apply for scholarships. Scholarship applications for Fresno State are available online annually starting on October 1, and applications are accepted until February 28.
SCHOLARSHIP LIST & RESOURCE GUIDE (2012-2013)
JESSE L. RUSHING MEMORIAL AWARD
The department chooses an annual outstanding student through the Jesse Rushing award.
JESSE L. RUSHING was born in Blytheville, Arkansas on January 9, 1953 to Jesse and Latonia Rushing and lived his very early years in Missouri. His family and he moved to Central California and were farmworkers during the early years of his life. His parents, wanting to improve themselves, both went to school to become certified to work in the state hospitals as psych techs and raised their children in Porterville. Jesse was the eldest and only son of four children. He loved playing drums in the school band as well as playing basketball and baseball. He was a very good pitcher and was scouted by the pros during his high school career. He went onto USC on a baseball scholarship but soon found his interest in sociology and religioncourses. After dropping out of USC, he worked a variety of jobs, married Marjorie Coots, and went to work as an eligibility case worker for Tulare Co. Dept. of Social Services. He decided to return to school to earn a degree in social work to advance in the field. After entering Fresno State, he decided his real interest was in sociology, especially criminology and religion. He finished his BA and was thrilled to be accepted to the graduate program at University of Washington where he worked as a research assistant with Dr. Joe Weiss, Dr. Rodney Stark, & Dr. Daniel Doyle with whom he published, posthumously, the research paper “Beyond Durkheim: Religion & Suicide” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (1983, 22(2):120-131). During finals week of his first semester of graduate school, Jesse suffered a brain aneurysm and, after surgery and being in a coma for several days, died on December 17, 1979 at the age of 26. Dr. Joel Best, chair of the sociology department of Fresno State (1978-88), was instrumental in establishing the Jesse L. Rushing Scholarship Award, funded by donations from sociology faculty. Nearly every year, a cash award is presented to an outstanding sociology student who is aspiring towards a doctoral program. Between 1990 and 2010, of the 19 Rushing Award Recipients, four of them have completed a Ph.D., one is ABD (all-but-Dissertation), five have earned master’s degrees, and two are enrolled in master’s programs.
|1991||Matthew||Jendian||Ph.D., University of Southern California|
|1993||Nancy||Gutierrez||M.A., University of Wisconsin|
|1995||Michael||Carley||M.A., Stanford University|
|1998||Bertha||Dominguez||M.S. in Counseling, Fresno State|
|2000||Sandra||Stephenson||M.A., UC Davis|
|2001||Maria||Magana||Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Chicago|
|2003||Janice||Brown||M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Fresno State|
|2005||Kristine||Frost||M.S. in Counseling, Fresno State|
|2006||Tania||Pacheco||ABD, UC San Francisco|
|2008||Janine||Nkosi||M.S. in Counseling; Ed.D., Fresno State|
|2009||Luis||Morales||M.A. in Criminology, Fresno State|
|2011||Estela||Acebedo||MSW Candidate, Fresno State|
|2012||Gurinder||Sangha||M.S. in Counseling, Fresno State|
|2012-13||Millie||Medina||M.A. in Educational Leadership & Administration, Fresno State|
Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar
Ph.D. Candidate, Brown University
|Additional Outstanding Sociology Graduates Nominated for Dean's Medal|
M.A. in Communications, Fresno State
Ph.D. Candidate in Communications, University of Maryland (College Park)
|2008-2009||Geneva||Skram||M.P.A., Fresno State|
|2009-2010||Brian||Cortes||M.A. in Communications, Fresno State|
|2010-2011||Matt||Ford||M.A. in History, Fresno State
|2011-2012||Silvia||Espinosa||College Standard Bearer
|2012-2013||Houa||Vang||College Standard Bearer
JEAN MILES AND CLIFFORD O. GRANT* SCHOLAR AWARD
*Originally named the "Jean Miles Grant" Scholarship in 2005 and renamed the Jean Miles and Clifford O. Grant Scholarship in 2014, this scholarship award is announced annually in the spring semester. It is presented to a sociology major who will be returning for the fall semester and who has demonstrated outstanding progress towards the degree, including a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall.
|2012||Hannah||Andrews||Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arizona|
HARVEY MILK AWARD
The Harvey Milk Award, a $2,000 scholarship, is presented annually to an outstanding scholar completing the Humanics Certificate at Fresno State through The Bulldog Pride Fund which was established in 2006 as an endowment under the auspices of the Fresno State Alumni Association.