Fifty high-achieving high school graduates from throughout California make up the 24th class of President’s Honors Scholars at Fresno State’s Smittcamp Family Honors College.
The freshmen were selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, said Dr. Saeed Attar, director of the Smittcamp Family Honors College. High school seniors must meet one of the following two criteria in order to be eligible to apply: be in the upper 10% of their graduating class or have a minimum 3.8 GPA in grades 9 through 11.
Over 90% of the President’s Scholars graduate in four years, mostly with the summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 GPA) distinction.
The Smittcamp Family Honors College was established in 1998 with a $1 million gift from the late Earl and Muriel Smittcamp, the founders of a prominent family agribusiness and longtime supporters of Fresno State. The honors college has also received the support of many other donors from the Fresno area as well as the honors college alumni.
The new scholars were welcomed to Fresno State at an in-person reception with University President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval on Aug. 19. Each scholar receives a President’s Honors Scholarship, up to a maximum of eight semesters, for their undergraduate degree program. Each scholarship, valued at $6,000 per academic year, also covers an optional credit for a standard room in University housing should a scholar choose to live on campus.
The honors college is unique in the California State University system because President’s Scholars are admitted as a cohort; take a series of specially designed honors courses; participate in a weekly colloquium with guest speakers and discussions; and interact in educational, scholarly and social activities.
In addition, President’s Scholars are required to volunteer a minimum of 70 hours of community service during their four-year stay. For example, during the 2021-22 academic year, scholars provided 2,481 hours of service to 55 organizations on and off campus.
To remain a member in good standing, a scholar must enroll in at least 12 units each semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in their first year, 3.35 in the second year and 3.5 in the third and fourth years.
The 2022 cohort of President’s Scholars and their high schools are:
- Mina Abdelmessih (Clovis West)
- Ali Ahmed (Central)
- Alyssa Askins (San Joaquin Memorial)
- Caleb Bahne (Kingsburg)
- Devynn Brown (Redwood)
- Andres Cardenas (Dinuba)
- Makayla Cawley (Sierra Pacific)
- Gurmannat Chalotra (Lemoore Middle College)
- Christopher Court (Golden West)
- Dakota Dean (Clovis)
- Eduardo Garcia (Edison)
- Emily Gonzalez (Dinuba)
- Andrew Gray (Central East)
- Padouachi Heu (Clovis East)
- Conor Youhei Hustedde (Fresno)
- Cameron Ivy (Golden Valley-Merced)
- Emma Jensen (Sierra)
- Eliana Kahn (Bullard)
- Catherine Joy Laserna (Sierra Pacific)
- Guadalupe Lopez Trejo (Parlier)
- Brenda Manyvanh (El Diamante)
- Emily Medina-Delgado (Reedley)
- Alyssa Melton (University High)
- Hannah Mettee (Kingsburg)
- Itzel Michel-Carrillo (Hanford)
- Noah Miranda (University High)
- Praise Okoli (University High)
- Evelyn Ornelas (Dinuba)
- Paige Ounesavath (Edison)
- Zachary Patton (Sanger)
- Daniel Remington (Edison)
- Kate Richardson (University High)
- Daniela Rodriguez Arellano (Woodlake)
- Anneliese Roth (El Diamante)
- Aran Saini (Buchanan)
- Camalah Saleh (Sanger)
- Alina Sheikh (Buchanan)
- Kavan Singh (Buchanan)
- Isabella Soto (Selma)
- Mallory Sutherland (Frontier)
- Emma Tripp (North-Bakersfield)
- Allison Vang (University High)
- Emily Vang (Sanger)
- Liana Vangyi (Buchanan)
- Shireen Virk (Clovis East)
- Danielle Vu (Enochs-Modesto)
- Lily Wilkin (Kingsburg)
- Lilian Yang (Sanger)
- Joshua Young (Central East)
- Mia Zamora (Clovis North)