CSSP Future Scholars (On Hold for 2017-18)

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 off-campus 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. Note: Positions usually fill quickly.


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 first year transfer student. (Note: After the 3rd week of the fall semester, open to all student class levels.)


Career Development Center Counselors and staff are not qualified to make any financial aid determinations. Therefore, before applying to this program, you should discuss your financial aid package with the Financial Aid Office, Joyal Administration 296, 559.278.2182, to verify that you have eligibility to earn the scholarship on top of your financial aid package.

Although this program provides a number of excellent benefits, receipt of a scholarship is based on eligibility. If you already are receiving a “full package” and have no unmet/remaining need, you might be able to participate in this program by adjusting your package to qualify as follows:

If your unmet/remaining need is less than $1500, you might be able to qualify by reducing (or declining) your loan(s) online on your My Fresno State account or in person at the the Financial Aid Office, Joyal 296.

Only after you have made the necessary adjustment(s), continue on to "How Do I Apply?"


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

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

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

c. Attending the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning “Community Service Opportunities Fair ” held Wed., August 30, 2017 from 10am - 2pm in the grass area just south of the Kennel Bookstore to speak with non-profit agencies visiting the campus to connect with their volunteer opportunities.

2. If you meet the above qualifications and have your volunteer role related to your major/site arranged, call Career Development Center, Thomas 103, 559.278.2381 to make an appointment with Aleta Wolfe, Career Counselor.

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