CSSP Future Scholars

The Community Service Scholarship Program: Future Scholars Component (CSSPFS) was established to provide qualified students with an opportunity to earn $1500 scholarships and 3 units of academic credit while gaining 150 hours of hands-on volunteer work experience related to their majors with nonprofit agencies, schools or government organizations in the four county service area (Fresno, Kings, Madera, or Tulare) served by Fresno State.

Twenty positions are available to Fresno State students each fall semester. Positions and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM, STUDENTS MUST:

1. Be enrolled full-time (12 units or more).
2. Have graduated from a high school in California.
3. Be classified as a California Resident.
4. Be disadvantaged because of economic, educational or environment background by fitting into any ONE of the following categories: Little or no education in family beyond high school; first person in family to attend college; low socioeconomic level of students in your high school; not counseled towards a college education; migrant family pattern and/or rural home location; live in a poverty area; come from a large family; and/or “other.”
5. Be either a first year freshman or transfer student. (Note: After the 3rd week of the semester, open to all student class levels.)

FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS AND RECIPIENTS PLEASE NOTE: Although this program provides a number of excellent benefits, receipt of a scholarship is based on eligibility. If a student is already receiving a “full package,” he/she may not be able to participate in this program. Career Services Counselors and staff are not qualified to make any financial aid determinations. Therefore, before contacting the agencies in this program to set up an interview, students should discuss their financial aid package with the Financial Aid Office, Joyal Administration 296, 559.278.2182, to verify that they have eligibility to earn the scholarship on top of their financial aid package.

HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?

1. If students meet the above qualifications, but do not have a volunteer site, they can find one by:

a. Going online to www.HandsOnCentralCal.org and looking at "Find Volunteer Opportunities;" or

b. Going online to 2-1-1 Fresno County and clicking on "Search Database." In the "Search for" box, students type in an area for which they have an interest or one related to their major. For instance, if he/she is a pre-vet major, he/she might search "animal," or if he/she is interested in working with at-risk youth, he/she could search "youth." Once the list is generated, students click on a topic in the list. Then they click next and it will take them to a list of agencies fitting their interest. Next, they click on the agency's web page for more detailed information and last, contact the agency and inquire about volunteer opportunities; or

c. Attending the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning’s “Community Service Opportunities Fair” held early each fall semester to speak with non-profit agencies visiting the campus to connect students with their volunteer opportunities.

2. If students meet the above qualifications and have their volunteer site arranged, they call Career Services, Thomas 103, 559.278.2381 to make an appointment with Aleta Wolfe, Career Counselor, beginning August 13, 2012. Note: Positions usually fill quickly during the fall semester.

3. Since we have a limited number of scholarship positions available, not all students will be accepted into the program.