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 traditional undergraduate bachelor's degree program at the Fresno campus of Fresno Pacific University;
- Preference given to students chosen to be President Scholars or Transfer Scholars;
- 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;
- Applicant must have successfully completed, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, at least one (1) full-time academic year of college prior to becoming eligible for this scholarship;
- Once the scholarship is awarded, the candidate must carry a full-time schedule of at least twelve (12) units per semester, and maintain a CUM GPA of 3.5 or higher;
- Applicants must demonstrate a proven commitment to continue serving Fresno County and/or the Central San Joaquin Valley following graduation;
- Applicant's personal character must reflect the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University;
- Funds from this scholarship may not be used for study abroad;
- Only 1/4 of the funds from each semester may be used for online classes;
- It is intended that the Leon S. Peters Foundation Undergraduate Student Honors Scholarship be awarded based on merit. Eligibility shall be determined without regard to the financial status of the applicant.
Please submit an essay expounding on your future goals and community involvement.