Pa’lante Fellowship Program

The Pa’lante Fellowship Program provides a $1,000 scholarship to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. The need-based fellowship aims to provide underrepresented and/or first-generation students with mentorship for support in academic success and professional development. Students will receive mentoring from a faculty member who will provide social support and guide them through co-curricular activities like research experience, teaching experience, or internship.

The program is part of Project upGRADS (Utilizing & Promoting Graduate Resources & Access for Disadvantaged Students), which is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Title V, pt. B, PPOHA program. If you have any questions, please contact Areli Gonzalez, Project Manager, at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a master’s degree program at Cal State Fullerton (Doctoral, Credential, and Certificate students are not eligible); the program must be within the college of Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Development, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
  • Must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CDA) on file and demonstrate a need of $1,000.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or AB 540 eligible.

Application Packet:

  • Application form
  • One confidential letter of reference

Program Requirements (If selected):

  • Recipients will have to attend 4 mandatory cohort meetings throughout the academic year.
  • Recipients will have to attend 2 mandatory career development workshops throughout the academic year.
  • Recipients will have to maintain consistent communication with faculty mentor.

Deadline: April 24, 2020