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Now Accepting Nominations for the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service

Nomination deadline: October 27, 2017

Each year, the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service provides a single $2,500 scholarship to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that John Welty Championed during his 22 years as President of California State University, Fresno.

Nominees must be a junior, senior, or graduate student, currently enrolled, and in good academic standing with the university. Nominees should demonstrate a regular commitment to service throughout their college career and must have a minimum of 150 hours in accredited service over the previous 12 months (approximately August 2016-August 2017).

You can preview the nomination form and questions on this pdf, but all nominations must be completed and submitted online at by October 27, 2017.  Self-nominations are accepted. 

10 Years, 10 Million Hours of Service

This year, Fresno State celebrates over 10 million hours of service to the community, provided over 10 years.  Just this past academic year (2015-16) 20,097 students, faculty, and staff members provided 1,202,370 hours of service to the community--equal to an estimated economic value of over $33.8 Million.

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 25 of the top 30 universities in the nation.  In fact, Fresno State was ranked 4th nationally in overall service and first in the percentage of Work Study allocated to community service placements. 

Read more about the 10 million hours milestone and the Washington Monthly ranking at Fresno State News.

To learn more about how you can contribute to Fresno State's annual service goal, contact the Richter Center at 559.278.7079.