Leon S. Peters Foundation Honors Scholarship for Graduate Students

Leon S. Peters was born in Fowler, California, and graduated from Fowler High School as valedictorian of his class. The eldest of five children, he experienced the loss of his mother when he was just 17 years old. He worked daily on his father's ranch, helped raise the other children and also did custom tractor work in what little spare time he had.

Leon's industrious and enterprising nature soon caught the attention of the manager of Valley Foundry and Machine Works. He was offered a job, worked his way up to manager and eventually purchased the company.

With business and financial success clearly in his grasp, Leon, along with his wife Alice, devoted much time and money to various community activities. In fact, he was often heard to say, "The community has been good to me, and I want to give something back to it."

This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Central Valley students attending FPU who have a desire to serve and contribute to the bettering of their community.


  • Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at one of the Fresno campuses of Fresno Pacific University;
  • Preference will be given to students who work or live in Fresno County. Secondary preference can be given to students who work or live in other parts of the Central San Joaquin Valley;
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Neither gender, race, ethnicity, nor financial need shall be taken into consideration with regard to scholarship eligibility;
  • Once awarded the candidate must maintain a CUM GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • The applicant's academic, work (including part-time, full-time and temporary jobs) and community service history must demonstrate a strong work ethic;
  • The applicant must demonstrate a proven commitment to continue serving Fresno County and/or the Central San Joaquin Valley following graduation;
  • The applicant's personal character must reflect the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University;
  • It is intended that this scholarship be awarded based on merit and shall be determined without regard to the financial status of the applicant.
  • Funds from this scholarship may not be used for study aborad;
  • Only 1/4 of the funds per semesters may be used for online classes.

Essay Instructions

Please submit an essay expounding on your future goals and community involvement.

Letter of Recommendation Requirement

This scholarship requires a letter of recommendation. You can add one to your profile and it will be added to your application.