As part of its calling to serve the Central Valley, Fresno Pacific University reaffirms its commitment to our DACA students, including those affected by the September 5, 2017, announcement by President Donald Trump.

For nearly 20 years, FPU has offered a financial aid program to help a select number of high-achieving undocumented students earn the education that enhances their ability to serve their communities, professions and the United States. Today known as the Samaritan Scholarship, it is funded entirely by private donations and institutional funds, such as academic and performance awards in athletics and the arts as well as campus employment. They may also use Cal Grants to attend FPU, as allowed by California law.

"These students have come to FPU with dreams of positively contributing to our community and country. For over 20 years they have proven their value to the region and these United States. We will continue to support their success as a Christian university within the purview of the laws of this country including FERPA legislation, which insures students’ privacy,” said Joseph Jones, Ph.D., FPU president.

UPDATE: Fresno Pacific University joins other California Christian colleges and universities in asking our Congressional representatives to support comprehensive legislation for DACA students. See a copy of the letter here.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations