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Department of Plant Science


Ag One Foundation Scholarships

The Ag One Foundation is the primary source for scholarships for students in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.  Since its founding in 1979, the foundation has raised approximately $29 million in endowed funds, from which it has awarded some 5,000 students with more than $8.5 million in scholarships, grants, and program support. In this academic year Ag One aims to provide approximately $850,000 to deserving students and programs. Ag One Foundation scholarship funds are granted through the general University Scholarships program maintained by the Division of Student Affairs. For application information, visit the University Scholarships website at:


University Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Many other forms of financial aid, including scholarships, are available through Fresno State and outside sources. For more information and directions for applying, visit the Financial Matters section of Fresno State's Division of Student Affairs.


Jordan and Harvey Graduate Award

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of California State University, Fresno is pleased to announce the offering of five prestigious Jordan Harvey Graduate Awards to highly qualified students entering Master of Science (M.S.) programs in the College of Agriculture. 

The Jordan Award provides up to $9,000.00 per year for two years and is available to US citizens as well as international masters program students. The Harvey Award (also up to $9,000.00 per year for two years) is available to masters program students who are US citizens (as per the wishes of the donor).

In some cases both scholarships could be awarded to the same individual (up to $18,000.00 per year for two years). Funding may consist of scholarship and/or assistantship money, based on the candidate’s qualifications and eligibility. Jordan and Harvey recipients are expected to provide teaching and/or research support to their faculty mentor.

These awards provide up to $18,00 per year for two years. Funding may consist of scholarship and/or assistantship money, based on the candidate’s qualifications and eligibility. Jordan Harvey recipients are expected to provide teaching and/or research support to their major adviser.



Applicants must be entering their first fall semester in Jordan College M.S. programs (Plant Science, Viticulture & Enology, Animal Science, or Industrial Technology).  



  • Agricultural major (or other related undergraduate degree)
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Research experience
  • Have identified a faculty member and potential area of research
  • Completed the university’s graduate admission process (domestic or international) via the University graduate studies and Cal State University on-line applications. 


Application Materials

Materials are submitted to the Department

  • Cover letter indicating your interest and reason for applying for this award
  • Official GRE scores (and TOEFL, if required)
  • All college transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Statement of proposed research (maximum 2 pages)
  • 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can comment on research or independent work skills, and academics
  • Letter of support from the faculty member with whom applicant will conduct thesis research



  • To apply and be given full consideration for the Jordan and Harvey Award, please contact Dr. Sharon Benes (, 559.278.2255).


More information



Research assistantships and/or hourly work are provided by individual faculty possessing research grants in specific areas—students are encouraged to contact Ph.D. faculty working in their area of interest (faculty list).

Smaller scholarships are also available from our Division of Research and Graduate Studies (DRGS). These include the

  • President’s Graduate Scholars Fellowship
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship
  • Robert and Norma Craig Graduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Research Activity Support Award and Travel Grants (for students already in the program)

The Graduate Net Initiative (GNI) also provides information on most of these awards and offers funding of their own  

Please note that due to the source of funding, international students may not be eligible for some of these awards; in particular, the GNI awards.

Non-resident tuition waiver units are available on a limited basis. Correspond with the Plant Science Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Benes ( regarding tuition waivers.  

Some additional scholarships are made available to graduate students through our scholarship office. By filling out a single application you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

Numerous professional societies also offer small scholarships.  This information is circulated via email from the Department of Plant Science.