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The Samaritan Scholarship

The Samaritan scholarship is for undocumented, academically prepared, first-time freshman or transfer students who have completed their high school education in California.

The Samaritan scholarship program provides leadership development, mentoring, career internship opportunities and cultural events/conferences that scholars can lead and attend.


  • Must be an undocumented student.
  • Must have attended and graduated from a high school in California.
  • Demonstrated Christian commitment.
  • Must have filed and submitted the California Dream Act Application.

Program Requirements (if awarded)

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student at FPU.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA; mid-semester grade reporting required.
  • Regular attendance at FPU's College Hour (14 times/semester).
  • Active involvement in campus life (ie: clubs, student government, newspaper, etc.)
  • Active participation in leadership with the Office of Spiritual Formation.
  • Active involvement in a local church.
  • Annual review with program coordinator to review achievements.

Application Steps

  1. Apply and be admitted to Fresno Pacific University by the established deadlines.
  2. Submit a completed Samaritan Scholarship application and email to
  3. Submit essays as detailed on the Samaritan Scholarship application form
  4. Submit a letter of reference attesting to your leadership and academic qualities. Please use a person who was not used during the admission process to the university. Letters can be mailed to Office of Undergraduate Admission 1717 S. Chestnut, Fresno, CA or emailed to
  5. Submit DREAM Act application for financial aid at

Deadlines to Apply

All steps must be completed prior to the deadlines to be considered.

Priority deadline for Spring: December 1

After December 1, scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if funds are available.

Priority deadline for Fall: March 2

After March 2, scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if funds are available

Download the application

For more information about campus support, financial aid, and resources for undocumented students, please visit our Dreamer Student Resources page.