Communication grad student Hannah Ellsworth receives Welty Award for community service

Hannah Ellsworth crouches to put together a puzzle on the ground with two young children.

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Fresno State graduate student Hannah Ellsworth was selected to receive the 2022 John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service. The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, is given each year to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that Welty championed during his 22 years as president of Fresno State.

“I feel incredibly humbled and honored to be given this award for my community service, especially because my wonderful experiences serving with the Mediator Mentors Program, the Community Cares Project and the Relief Society have been deeply rewarding in and of themselves,” Ellsworth said.

Ellsworth was a thriving varsity athlete in high school until a devastating accident left her almost completely debilitated. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and the condition forced her to leave college at Brigham Young University and move to the Central Valley to be closer to a doctor who specializes in treating the disorder. Through her many challenges, Ellsworth found great meaning in serving the community. She learned how to manage her condition in a way that has allowed her to connect with others and, in doing so, she has provided more than 1,000 hours of service to those in need.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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