4.0 & Above Program

The 4th Annual 4.0 & Above Program 

In the tradition of “BIG" - The Big Fresno Fair and the Fresno County Office of Education, along with our valued sponsors Friends of the Fair, EECU and Toyota, have partnered once again in 2014 to give BIG REWARDS to high achieving Fresno County high school students.

The 4.0 & Above Program provides an opportunity for all Fresno County high school students who have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or above as of June 2014  to come to The Big Fresno Fair for FREE on Opening Day, Wednesday, October 1st. All qualified students who attend the Fair on Wednesday, October 1 will be asked to place their designated 4.0 & Above Entry Pass into a drawing for their chance to win BIG prizes, including a new car! 

Held inside the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand, the 4.0 & Above Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a rally-like atmosphere. Attendees will share the Grandstand with Big Band Review participants and will enjoy band music and awards while anxiously awaiting the official drawing for a new Toyota Corolla, scholarships and other great prizes. There will also be a robotics demonstration taking place beforehand with robots shooting shirts with the various school names into the crowd. 

The Big Fresno Fair and Friends of the Fair are pleased to announce the following Scholarships being donated by: (3) $3,000 Bob & Brent Smittcamp Scholarships, (1) $3,000 Butler Amusements Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Credit Card Guys, Inc. Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Gayle Shapazian Baddin Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Fresno Police Officers Assosication Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Humana, Inc. Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Mid Valley Disposal Scholarship, (1) $3,000 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Der Manouel Jr. Scholarship, (2) $3,000 Vartan Family Scholarships, and (1) $3,000 Yrulegui Family Scholarship!

The 4.0 & Above Program allows the Fair and its partners to recognize these students for all their hard work and incredible scholastic achievements. It also provides the opportunity for all Fresno County school district superintendents, their board presidents, plus each public, private and charter high school principal and their site coordinators to encourage students to work hard all year round to keep up their grades for a lifetime of rewards. 


Last year, 5,000 Fresno County students, family, friends and school officials packed the Grandstand for the official drawing on Opening Day of the Fair. Out of the 52 schools invited to the 4.0 & Above Program awards ceremony, 46 schools attended with the hopes that their students will walk away with prizes. Sanger High School had the highest number of winners with six students walking away with scholarships, bikes and iPads. Below see below photos of all the winners for 2013:

Victor Quintos of Central East High School won a 2014 Toyota Corolla S 
in return for his 4.0 & Above GPA! Congratulations Victor!

Vincent Strykers
Sanger High School
Bob & Brent Smittcamp Scholarship

Elizabeth Dominguez
Roosevelt High School
Bob & Brent Smittcamp Scholarship

Mitchel Stokes
Buchanan High School
Butler Amusements Scholarship

Shaelyn Topolovec
Sanger High School
Fresno Police Officers Association Scholarship

Melese Crozier
Edison High School
Gayle Shapazian Baddin Scholarship

Andrew Marrash
Sanger High School  
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Der Manouel  Jr. and Lisa & John Bonadelle Joint Scholarship

Brandon Haroldsen
Kingsburg High School
Vartan Family Scholarship

Madeline Kumagai
University High School
Yrulegui Family Scholarship

Alyssa Valdivia
Edison High School
Credit Card Guys, Inc. Scholarship

Vanessa Balanon
Sanger High School
Mid-Valley Disposal Scholarship

Melanie Nguyen
Clovis High School
Mongoose Mountain Bike

Angela E. Rivas
Orange Cove High School
Mongoose Mountain Bike

Ryan Chen
Sanger High School 
Schwinn Mountain Bike

Megan Chumley
SunnysideHigh School
Mongoose Mountain Bike

Daniel Rangel
Firebaugh High School
Genesis Mountain Bike

Aaron Grisez
Buchanan High School
Schwinn Mountain Bike

Malik Mendoza
Clovis West
Apple iPad

Desirae Vazquez
Sanger High School
Apple iPad

Jennifer Lugo
Edision High School
$100 Visa Gift Card

Maverick Howard
Immanuel High School
$100 Visa Gift Card

Emily Veith
Central East High School
$100 Visa Gift Card

Click here for the complete press release announcing all winner. For more information about The Big Fresno Fair's annual 4.0 & Above Program, please email fairpr@fresnofair.com.