Smittcamp Family Honors College - President's Honors Scholarship Application

The Smittcamp Family Honors College (SFHC) at California State University, Fresno, which is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the Western United States, provides a rigorous, yet friendly setting for scholars to engage in courses that match those offered at a small liberal arts college while also having access to the breadth of resources and extracurricular activities offered at a high quality, comprehensive university. That’s quite an achievement, especially when you consider that some of the most prestigious universities in the country are located in California. No other institution in the region can match the benefits of the Smittcamp Family Honors College.

The admission to SFHC is highly competitive. Each admitted applicant becomes a “President’s Honors Scholar” and will receive a President’s Honors Scholarship (PHS) up to a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate studies. The dollar value of PHS award may vary in a progressive fashion from one academic year to the next and will be determined by the Honors Council (the governing body of SFHC). In addition, SFHC will pay the cost of a double-occupancy dorm room for up to eight semesters for any Scholar who chooses to live on campus (Note: the room assignment is at the discretion of the University Housing Office). All PHS recipients are expected to keep full-time status (a minimum of 12 undergraduate units) and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA each semester as follows: 3.25 for Semesters 1 – 2, 3.35 for Semesters 3 – 4, and 3.50 for Semesters 5 – 8. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the PHS award is set at $3,000 per semester for an annual total of $6,000 (not including the dorm stipend).

Admission Requirements
You must be a first-time freshman who has not been enrolled full-time at any institution of higher learning (i.e., community college or any four-year university). Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply to SFHC:

  • Have a minimum 3.8 high school GPA (weighted or unweighted; grades 9-11)
  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Please read all the instructions to make sure you understand the requirements for this scholarship.

Be prepared to list the name and email address of your high school counselor or school official who will receive an e-mail from Fresno State requesting that they upload a copy of your high school transcript. You will also need to provide the name and email address for two teachers who can each submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. It is highly recommended that you monitor the status of your application to verify that your counselor and teachers have uploaded their paperwork. This can be done by clicking on the “References” section on this site. From this page, you can see the status of all your reference requests.

Application Period
The scholarship application period begins October 1, 2021 and closes on December 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm (PT).

Award Notification
Applicants will receive notification of their status by March 1, 2022. If you have not received your status notification, please check your Fresno State Email. Notifications are sent (by the SFHC Director and/or staff) to Fresno State email addresses ONLY.

If you have any questions, please contact The Smittcamp Family Honors College at (559) 278-8160 or by email at