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The Smittcamp Family Honors College

President's Honors Scholarship Application

The President's Honors Scholarship (PHS) Application deadline for the 2024 cohort will open on October 1, 2023.

Informational Webinars

These webinars focus on providing students, parents and counselors more information about the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State. Dr. Saeed Attar will highlight the benefits of the program, qualifications, application process and deadline.

A recording of the November 7th webinar is available here for those who were unable to attend.

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. click here
Date: Thursday, October. 26, 2023 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. click here
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. click here

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Smittcamp Family Honors College is highly competitive, and for good reason. This is one of the strongest programs in the Western United States. It offers exceptional students a chance to achieve academic mastery alongside a very select group of like-minded learners. 

In order to qualify for admission, 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).

Eligibility Criteria

Are you a candidate for our program? If you meet at least one of the following criteria, then you should definitely consider applying:

  • Minimum 3.8 high school GPA (grades 9-11, weighted or unweighted)
  • Ranking in the top 10 percent of your high school graduating class


Cal State Apply Application (Mandatory) — October 1 to November 30, 2023.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in early October.

  • After submitting your application online, you should receive email notification of your conditional enrollment that includes your 9-digit Fresno State identification number, and instructions for setting up your Fresno State email account. You will need to set up your email account to access the Fresno State Scholarships portal.
  • You will not be allowed to proceed to the next step before completing this application.

Before you attempt to apply for Smittcamp Family Honors College-President's Honors Scholarship, please make sure you have received a Fresno State Student I.D. number and have activated your MyFresnoState account with a valid email address. All scholarship applicants must use their Fresno State username and password to access the scholarship application.

Smittcamp Family Honors Scholarship Application (Mandatory) — October 1 to December 14, 2023. This is a firm deadline.

 Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Optional)

  • Optional, but may help with costs not covered by the President's Honors Scholarship.