THE POWER OF AN ENDOWMENT: The Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State


Since 2006, the Bulldog Pride Fund (BPF) has had one simple mission: “To
support student scholarships at Fresno State.” A relentless focus on its
mission has allowed the BPF to become one of the Fresno State Alumni
Association’s largest endowments within its $2.4 million portfolio.

In just six years, the BPF has raised $214,000 for its endowment from nearly
400 donors. This fall, the BPF will provide five scholarships of $2,000 each
– $10,000 total – to Fresno State students based upon academic achievement,
financial need and community involvement.

“Sometimes the tortoise beats the hare,” said Peter Robertson, founder of
the BPF and a three-time Fresno State graduate, referring to the well-known
Aesop fable . “The amazing power of an endowment, invested in low-to-medium
risk securities, compounded with the generosity of our donors has allowed
the Bulldog Pride Fund to grow exponentially.”

Currently, students are offered the following five, annual scholarships: two
Bulldog Pride Fund scholarships, a GSA Network Award, a TimeOut Spirit Award
and the newly-established Harvey Milk Hope Award. Including the 2012-13
academic year, a total of 23 scholarships valued at $39,000 will have been
provided to students, made possible by the support of alumni, friends and

The BPF accepts cash, checks and credit card gifts, as well as donations in
the form of securities, real property and corporate matching gifts. Also,
gifts derived from beneficiary designations on life insurance policies,
retirement plan accounts, living wills and trusts are welcome. Include the
BPF in your estate plans today and support student scholars at Fresno State
in the future.

Your continued support is appreciated.

Give today. For tomorrow and beyond.

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PHOTO: The 2011-12 Bulldog Pride Fund scholars – Leon Barajas, Ally
Zulewski, TimeOut and Justin Kamimoto. Each received a $2,000 scholarship
for the academic year based upon their academic achievement, financial need
and community involvement. (Photo by Peter Robertson).


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