published on February 21, 2014 - 8:48 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
A $1 million gift from Gerald and Nanette Lyles of Fresno will establish a scholarship fund for future students of California Health Sciences University.


Yesterday, school officials cut the ribbon at the Clovis campus, which will accept its inaugural class of up to 84 pharmacy students for instruction starting in August.

John Welty, chairman of the California Health Sciences University board, said without the Lyles’ gift, many students wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend the university.

“Thank you so much Gerald and Nanette for your generosity and commitment to this community,” Welty said. “Your gift will make a significant difference for many students and your generosity will no doubt inspire others to follow your example to help us build an even stronger scholarship program.”

The Fresno Regional Foundation will manage the new California Health Sciences University Scholarship Fund. Contributions to the fund can be made online at

Dr. David Hawkins, dean of the College of Pharmacy, said prospective students come from across the Valley, the state and the country.

“We’ve already accepted some highly qualified students and we are in the process of evaluating hundreds more applications and scheduling interviews so we can make additional offers,” Hawkins said.

The application deadline for the initial class is June 1. The College of Pharmacy operates under a rolling admissions policy, meaning offers are made to applicants as they meet qualifications, which include a daylong interview.

The university is hosting a campus tour March 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to the see the campus at 120 N. Clovis Ave. near Herndon Avenue and Highway 168. For more information, visits

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