For more than 40 years, the Central Valley has been designated as a health care provider shortage area. Founded in 2012, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) offers Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs to help remedy the shortage of providers with their local option for medical education.

Currently, over half of California Health Sciences University students are from the Central Valley and over 25% are the first in their families to obtain a college degree. With more than 35% reporting English as a second language and representing eleven different ethnicities, the CHSU student body reflects the Valley’s diverse population.

Without the existence of California Health Sciences University and financial assistance from the CHSU Scholarship Fund, a significant number of prospective health care providers would not have the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in pharmacy or osteopathic medicine.


Learn More About Our Scholarship Recipients:

Raymond Alcaraz,
CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021

Karen Pelham-Cruz,
CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021


Carrie Vue Headshot“Raised in America by Hmong refugee parents, I am the first person in my family to pursue a doctorate of pharmacy. Not knowing what uncertainties were ahead of me as I traveled this path, CHSU provided me with the support I needed. As a mother and full-time student, I balance both my academic and personal responsibilities. With the scholarship funds, I was able to pay for part of my tuition and textbooks. Allowing me to focus more on my education, this scholarship has given me the extra time to dedicate to my studies; allowing me to earn a 3.78 GPA. This difficult yet rewarding academic journey has propelled an unyielding level of perseverance toward my goal of becoming a pharmacist in the Central Valley,”

Carrie Vue, CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2019


Seema Rai Headshot

“I would like to thank the Central Valley Community Foundation for granting me the scholarship to pursue a PharmD degree at California Health Sciences University, Clovis.  The amount of money I received from my scholarship was a great help in managing essential, additional expenses. I am committed to pursue my career in Pharmacy and serve underprivileged people in the community,”

Seema Rai, PharmD
Alumnus, CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2018



All California Health Sciences University scholarship recipients have financial need requiring them to incur student debt in order to attend school, many also have significant existing undergraduate debt.

Make a difference in students’ lives and enhance the future of health care in our region by contributing to the California Health Sciences University Scholarship Fund. Various giving options are available to address your philanthropic and financial goals.

To learn more about California Health Sciences University, visit or email

Invest in Student Scholarships

To support this fund,
make your checks payable to
Central Valley Community Foundation
Please include the name of the fund on the memo line.

You can mail donations to:
Central Valley Community Foundation
5260 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 122
Fresno, CA 93704

Central Valley Community Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit, tax ID# 77-0478025, any contribution is considered a tax-deductible gift.