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AFSA Academic Support Award

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 2022-23 academic year.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at Fresno State during the time of application or during Fall 2022
  • Must be an undergraduate, graduate or credential student with a minimum 2.0 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

Application procedure: 

  • Apply by the deadline of March 7, 2022 at 5 p.m.
  • Before applying, please have the following information prepared:
    • Name and contact information (phone number and Fresno State email)
    • Expected graduation term at Fresno State
    • Recent service, leadership, and/or contributions to the AAPI community
    • Statement of your financial need (not to exeed 300 words
    • An essay (not to exceed 500 words) on a topic to be determined 

Review process:

A review committee will read and score all applications based on the above criteria. Awardees will be notified via email and must attend an online AFSA award recognition event. For more information or questions, please contact Earl Aguilera, AFSA Book Award Review Committee Chair, at

Complete 2022 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