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AFSA Academic Support Award 2023-24

Each year, the Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) is proud to honor and recognize outstanding Fresno State students with a $500 award, to be used toward academic expenses, such as books and course material. Students will be honored during the 2023-24 academic year.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at Fresno State during the time of application or during Spring 2024
  • Must be an undergraduate, graduate or credential student with a minimum GPA
  • Able to discuss contributions to the on-campus and/or off-campus API community
  • Able to discuss demonstrated financial need 
  • Willing to reflect on recent issues impacting the wider AAPI community
  • Able to attend the award recognition event on April 17, 2024 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Application procedure: 

  • Apply by the deadline: February 19, 2024
  • Before applying, please have the following information prepared:
    • Name, contact information (including Fresno State email), and expected graduation term at Fresno State
    • An unofficial transcript. The student must be enrolled at Fresno State during the time of application, and must be an undergraduate with a minimum 2.0 GPA, or a graduate or credential student with a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • One-page CV, including a list of your academic achievements and public service, leadership, and/or contributions to the AAPI community
    • One recommendation letter from an organization/supervisor/mentor who can speak about your AAPI community service. This letter must be emailed by the recommender directly to Dr. Noonsuk (Committee Chair) at
    • Statement of your financial need (not to exceed 300 words), such as your economic situation and how this scholarship will assist your study
    • An essay on two topics (not to exceed 500 words), including (1) your service to the AAPI community and (2) a social problem you would like to address in the AAPI community, such as the Anti-Asian racism and the racial disparities in the justice and policing systems

Review process:

A review committee will read and score all applications based on the above criteria. Awardees will be notified via email by April 8 and must attend an AFSA award recognition event on April 17, 2024 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm. For more information or questions, please contact Wannasarn (Saam) Noonsuk, AFSA Academic Support Award Review Committee Chair, at


Complete 2023-24 Application Now

Spring 2021 Award Recipients 

Kalyan Madoori

Major: Biology 

"I want to make sure many other students who face bigotry are addressed and know people are there to help them. 

I try to reflect this through my writing because issues like this deserve awareness."



Nana Nagata

Major: Social Work Education

"With diversity welcomed now more than ever, I want to mentor young Asian Americans to be courageous leaders. 

Learning to be a social worker has taught me to do this and to see the perspective of others, as well as challenge the status quo."


MacKenzie Saephanh

Major: Pre-Med

"I am passionate about racism, sexism and social justice issues. Those are the reasons why I chose to pursue the medical field and practice here in the Central Valley. 

We have  physician shortage and I want to reprsesent the Valley's residents in all matters and fight for their lives both inside and outside of the medical walls.

Spring 2019:

  • Christine Andrew
    Major: Master of Social Work Program
  • Henry Nguyen
    Majo: Business Administration (Marketing)

Spring 2018: 

  • Gurman Chahal
  • Manharsh Sekhon 
  • Mungnang Vang