Cultivating Exceptional Leaders

Mentorship is an invaluable part of the President’s Scholars experience at Cal State Fullerton.

Prior to starting classes, freshman scholars are paired with senior peer mentors. Older scholars enjoy the experience as much as new students appreciate their guidance, friendship and support. Peer mentors provide suggestions for balancing academics and offer tips on making the most of university-wide programs, student services, clubs and organizations. Although the President’s Scholars are extremely diverse, they share a deep-rooted wish to support each other; the bonds that are built here can last a lifetime.

Throughout their college experience, scholars also benefit from extraordinary opportunities with faculty mentors in the student’s area of interest. Faculty mentors work closely with scholars, providing academic counseling and opportunities for research, internships and university projects. They also help scholars prepare for graduate school and provide valuable opportunities that often lead to professional positions following graduation.

Alumni scholars often cite the invaluable connections and the exposure that they received as President’s Scholars. The opportunities, advice and support from the entire campus community – including the university president, donors, community members and alumni professionals – open doors to our students far beyond graduation.

"It's definitely been more than I expected. When you think about scholarship programs, you just think about the financial support and that's it. But this program is more than that. I love our scholar mentorship program. My mentor shares my major and has introduced me to so many clubs on campus. It's just great having someone to show you the way."

Jenny Chang
Past President's Scholar