Fresno Pacific University welcomed 73 new members to its university scholars program this fall—58 winners of the President’s Scholarship and 15 recipients of the Transfer Scholarship. The achievement was celebrated at the Fall Honors Banquet for Incoming Scholars October 7, 2021, in the Rose Garden at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.
Highlights of the program, which began at 5:30 p.m. and featured a full dinner, included presentations from Nicole Mosqueda, chief administrative officer of Camarena Health; Veronica Mendez Garcia, FPU student body president; Joseph Jones, Ph.D., FPU president; Gayle Copeland, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and W. Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., and Pamela Johnston, Ph.D., both associate professors of history. Marshall Johnston also coordinates the university scholars program.
The university scholars program offers intimate class sizes, student leadership possibilities, presentations and discussions, research with faculty, trips to conferences, international study and an individualized culminating experience. Students who complete 15 units of USP courses and maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average will graduate as Fresno Pacific University Scholars.
Students can also participate in the Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Pi Gamma Mu and Theta Alpha Kapps honor societies. Many receive awards at the annual Alpha Chi Convention.