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Scholarships and Financial Aid

English and Creative Writing students can apply for a wide range of local, state, and federal financial assistance. These include grants, scholarships, loan programs, work study, and more.

Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Includes the State University Grant and other aid programs administered by the CSU system.

Apply: Financial Aid Office website
Info: More on CSU aid programs

Fresno State Scholarships

Includes over 1,000 opportunities totaling more than $3.8 million annually in university scholarships.

Apply: Scholarships Office website
Info: Fresno State scholarships FAQ

Graduate Funding Opportunities

Includes merit awards, need-based awards, research awards, travel grants for creative and scholarly presentations, and more.

Apply: Division of Research and Graduate Studies website

Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Includes undergraduate research grants, Instructionally Related Activities funding, ASI Budget Call, and more.

Apply: Undergraduate Studies office website
Info: Associated Students, Inc. website

Scholarships

Benck Family Scholarship for Poetry

One scholarship (amount varies) is awarded every other fall, in odd-numbered years, to a graduate student studying poetry in the Creative Writing MFA program.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty. This is an apply-to award; students must select the opportunity to qualify.

2019-20 recipient: Erika Ceballos

2017-18 recipient: Paul Sanchez

2015-16 recipient: J.J. Hernandez

Edward and Alberta Brown Scholarships

Scholarships (amounts vary) are awarded each fall to students in the liberal arts who are studying literature and creative writing, with preference given to incoming graduate students in the MFA Program.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty. This is an auto-match award; English Department students automatically qualify.

2020-21 recipients: Rosie Bates, Michael Cantú, Mialise Carney, Amber L. Carpenter, Wenmimareba Klobah Collins, Andrea A. Marin Contreras, Cristina Sandoval, Gaoyong Yang-Vang

2019-20 recipients: Brock Allen, Aidan Castro, Martín Gutierrez, Sydney Hinton, Carolina Mata, Ernesto Reyes, Bradley Samore, Rolando Villarreal, Jacqueline White

2018-19 recipients: Mariah Bosch, Alejandra Espinoza, William Freeney, Angel Gonzales, Yia Lee, Jer Xiong

Professor Emeritus Cheng Lok Chua English Scholarship

One scholarship (amount varies) will be awarded each fall to a student who is pursuing a degree in English who demonstrates significant interest in multiethnic literatures.

Students will apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection will be made by the English faculty.

Will soon be awarded for the first time.

Whitney Alan Fisher Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship (amount varies) is awarded each fall to a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty. This is an apply-to award; students must select the opportunity to qualify.

2020-21 recipient: Shelby Pinkham

2019-20 recipient: Jer Xiong

2018-19 recipient: Jessica Turney

C. G. Hanzlicek Poetry Writing Fellowship

One fellowship of $1,000 is awarded each spring to a second-year poetry student in the MFA Program, as nominated by the poetry faculty.

About the fellowship

2020-21 recipient: Mariah Bosch

2019-20 recipient: Kirk Alvaro Lua

2018-19 recipient: James O'Bannon

Philip Levine Scholarship in Creative Writing

One scholarship (amount varies) is awarded each fall to a deserving student based on compelling writing and artistic potential in English or Creative Writing, with preference given to a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty. This is an auto-match award; English Department students automatically qualify.

2020-21 recipient: Will Freeney

2019-20 recipient: Esmeralda Gamez

2018-19 recipient: Krystal Cantú

Larry Levis Scholarship in Creative Writing

One scholarship (amount varies) will be awarded each fall to a student who demonstrates significant interest in pursuing a career in creative writing, with preference given to a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program.

Students will apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection will be made by the creative writing faculty. This is an apply-to award; students must select the opportunity to qualify.

Will soon be awarded for the first time.

Andrés Montoya Memorial Scholarships

Two scholarships of $500 -- one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level -- are awarded each fall to students who demonstrate significant interest in Chicano/a culture and/or history and who are pursuing a career in the field of creative writing.

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2020-21 recipients: Mariah Bosch, Michael Cantú

2019-20 recipients: Kirk Alvaro Lua, Carolina Mata

2018-19 recipients: Alexandra Carrillo, Javier Lopez

Soul Vang Scholarships in Honor of Nouchue Vang and Ying Yang Vang

Two scholarships (amount varies) are awarded each fall to students who demonstrate significant interest in the Hmong or Asian American cultural experience.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty. This is an auto-match award; English Department students automatically qualify.

2020-21 recipients: Lee Lee, Tony Vang, Gaoyong Yang-Vang

2019-20 recipient: Manivone Sayasone 

2018-19 recipients: Yia Lee, Jer Xiong

 

Professor Emeritus Eugene Zumwalt English Scholarships

Scholarships (amounts vary) are awarded each fall to students who are pursuing a degree in English.

Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the English faculty. This is an auto-match award; English Department students automatically qualify.

2020-21 recipients: Claudia Amador, Sean McGuinness, Karisa Stockbridge

2019-20 recipients: E. Makaela Bowen, Fernando Fernandez, Bekah Izard, Graciela Sierra-Moreno

2018-19 recipients: Manuel Alfaro, Jewel Crosson, Reymundo Escobedo, Karley Lassley

 

For a full list of funding opportunities in our graduate Creative Writing Program, please see the MFA financial assistance page.