Fresno State Scholarship Application

The scholarship application period for Fresno State starts October 1, 2020 and ends on March 2, 2021. This application period is for current year scholarship opportunities that may become available during the 2020/2021 academic year as well as for future scholarship opportunities for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Please note there are different deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities offered at Fresno State. Since these deadline dates can change without notice, please do not procrastinate on finishing the application process.  If you are currently enrolled at Fresno State, it is highly recommended that you submit your scholarship application as soon as possible.  This will allow you to be considered for current year opportunities that may become available.


Getting Started

In order to be considered for a Fresno State scholarship, students must be a continuing student or a new student who has applied for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year. Before you attempt to apply for Fresno State scholarships, please make sure you have received a Fresno State Student I.D. number and have activated your MyFresnoState account with a valid email address. All scholarship applicants must use their MyFresnoState log-in user name and password to access the scholarship application and/or the scholarship directory for current year opportunities.

Please be prepared to provide two different personal statements. One statement is to give you an opportunity to tell us important things about yourself that are not addressed or apparent in the application. The second statement is regarding your career objectives.  Once you finish and submit the general scholarship application, you will be presented with recommended opportunities for which you might be eligible.  The recommended opportunities can be a combination of general scholarships (open to all students) and departmental scholarships (restricted to students within a specific major). These scholarship opportunities require additional questions to be answered and/or supplemental documentation to be uploaded.

 Click here to start the application process

Honors Program - Scholarship Opportunities

  • Smittcamp Family Honors College
  • Lyles College of Engineering Honors Program
  • Craig School of Business Scholars Program

To apply for these honors program, you must first complete the Fresno State General Scholarship Application. After you complete the general scholarship application, you will be able to view and apply for these honors scholarship opportunities. The scholarship requirements and supplemental program application will be visible under the “opportunities” directory.

These scholarship opportunities become available at different times during the fall semester and they have different deadline dates.  Please submit your application and all required documentation by the posted deadline.  No paper applications will be accepted for these scholarships and there are no exceptions to the posted deadline under any circumstances.

Click here to start the application process

Notification of Awards

If you are awarded a Fresno State scholarship, a congratulatory email will be sent to you announcing the award. You must accept (or decline) the scholarship award offer within one week from the date on the email. All scholarship awards are dedicated to students who are admitted and enrolled at Fresno State. Students who are receiving more than one award will receive more than one email and must follow the instructions in each email to accept their scholarship. Please be advised that all email communications regarding your scholarship award(s) will only be sent to your Fresno State email address.


Bulldog Infrastructure Group (BIG) Scholarships

Fresno State is excited to partner with the Bulldog Infrastructure Group, LLC (BIG) for a 33-year public-private partnership (P3) contract for the Central Utility Replacement Project. This project will address the campus hot and chilled water generation and distribution piping network, providing energy efficient and reliable heating and cooling for more than 25,000 students, faculty, and staff. 

Among the many improvements and opportunities presented by this project, BIG is offering two $2,500 scholarships annually: one for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Energy Efficiency, and one for Outstanding Achievement in Community Outreach, Education, and Promotion of Energy Efficiency. 

BIG will award these scholarships to students who are actively incorporating sustainability and energy efficiency into their academic and extracurricular experiences.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2021. Applicants from any major are eligible to apply.

Qualifying Criteria
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Enrolled on a full-time* continuous basis at Fresno State in Fall 2021

*Undergraduate = continuous enrollment in 12 or more units; Graduate = enrolled in 7 or more units.

NOTE: Incoming Freshman in fall 2021 are not eligible to apply. 


Click the links below to review the criteria and application process:
Scholarship for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Community Outreach, Education, and Promotion of Energy Efficiency

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Russell at