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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
Apply: Graduate Net Initiative 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 to a student studying poetry. Students apply through the University's general scholarship application, and selection is made by the creative writing faculty.

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.

2017-18 recipients: Hannah R. Bos, Megan Bronson, Erika Ceballos, Anna Marie Gonzalez, Aaliyah Green, Bethany Hazen, Bonita Hele
2016-17 recipients:
Erica Hughes, James O'Bannon, Jessica Turney, Chris Galvan, Krystal Cantú, Hira Amin, Dani Potter
2015-16 recipients: Desiree Herroz, Arielle Jones, Arthur Morales, John Power, Daniel Ramirez, Erik Wilbur

Whitney Alan Fisher Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship (amount varies) is awarded each fall to a second- or third-year student in the MFA Program, as nominated by the creative writing faculty.

About the scholarship

2017-18 recipient: Krystal Cantú
2016-17 recipient:
Alysha Hoffa
2015-16 recipient: John Power

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

2017 recipient: Daniel Arias-Gomez
2016 recipient: J.J. Hernandez

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.

2017-18 recipient: Arthur Morales
2016-17 recipient:
Gloria Montez
2015-16 recipient: Angela Corbett

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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2016-17 recipients: Daniel Arias-Gomez, Mireyda Barraza Martinez
2015-16 recipients: Daniel Arias-Gomez, J.J. Hernandez

Soul Vang Scholarships in Creative Writing

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.

2017-18 recipients: Xai Lee, Nou Her

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.

2017-18 recipients: Primavera Leal Martinez, Liliana Perez, Debbie Sayachack, Melissa Wright
2016-17 recipients:
Erika Ceballos, Angel Garduno, Harrison Martin, Lupe Remigio Ortega
2015-16 recipients: Eryn Baldrica-Guy, Diana Garcia, Kyle Hoover, Michaela Jones

 

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