3 Valley grads get scholarships
Cameron Ferraro, a graduate of Central High School East in Fresno, Hanford High School graduate Emma Van Fossen and Lexie Schultz, a graduate of Riverdale High School, are among 38 students statewide who are receiving more than $400,000 in scholarships from the Sacramento-based Golden 1 Credit Union.
Ferraro, who grew up as a foster child and used that background as motivation to succeed, will attend Clovis Community College and plans to earn a business degree at University of California, Davis.
Van Fossen will attend Fresno State to study engineering in hopes of joining a worldwide service organization to help communities develop basic infrastructure to fill water and sanitation needs.
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Schultz, whose family has farmed in the Riverdale area for 130 years, will study agribusiness and biology at Fresno State, where her mother, father and sister also went to college.
Fresno Pacific among top online business schools
Fresno Pacific University ranks among the best of online schools nationwide for business degrees, according to research by the education research publisher, SR Education Group.
The private Fresno university was named one of 2016’s Best Value Online Schools for Business Degrees.
Its affordability and academic strength also placed Fresno Pacific at No. 16 for online Sports Management degrees, the group said.
The ranking compares online schools nationwide.
Fresno State in top 50 for quality, affordability
Money Magazine’s Best Colleges ranked Fresno State 43rd overall among the nation’s Top 50 Best Public Colleges and as one of the best four-year universities in the United States based on affordability, educational quality and acceptance rate.
The university was ranked 106th for affordability out of the 705 colleges and universities selected with a 2016-17 academic year price of $21,800 without financial aid ($15,700 with average aid). Sixty-nine percent of students receive either need-based or merit aid, and early career earnings were listed at $44,800.
Money Magazine reports that its rankings are the first to use the most accurate pricing estimates and students’ expected earnings after graduation, plus a breakdown of how much value a college adds.
Local students named Greenfield Scholars
Fresno State seniors Aldo Garcia, May Yang and Yue Wu were among six undergraduate students selected nationally to the Greenfield Scholar program by the American Society of Agronomy and the International Certified Crop Adviser program.
All three are plant science majors in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and active members of the Fresno State Plant Science Club.
The program judged students on their GPAs, prior experience and awards, career goals and educational and certification plans to become crop advisers or professional agronomists.
Award recipients will travel to the society’s annual conference Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix with 7,000 scientists, professionals, educators, students and will be matched with mentors to develop leadership skills.