Internships & Scholarships

The Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau Education and Research Foundation provides students with a positive environment to experience a hands-on internship with the organization. The Stan Oken Fresno County Scholarship is for students who desire a career in Fresno County's tourism industry. 

Internship Program with California State University, Fresno 

The organization's internship partnership with California State University, Fresno has successfully operated for the past five years. The internship partnership serves to educate students about the great opportunities in the tourism industry within Fresno County, while at the same time, students gain professional experience within the organization. This partnership continues to contribute to the organization's long-term operational success. 


Stan Oken Fresno County Scholarship

Stan Oken was born in the inner city of Chicago and spent his early childhood years in East Los Angeles. Stan played basketball and baseball while earning a Bachelor of Science Degree at California State University, Los Angeles. At the end of World War II, he enlisted to serve in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army. In 1967, Stan and two fellow coaches started Western Camps Inc. in Three Rivers, California. His interest in directing children’s camps grew by teaching children self-confidence, self-worth and values. In 1973, he purchased Wonder Valley Resort and Dude Ranch to accommodate the children’s camp. He still serves as Chairman of the Board. Stan and his wife Dorothy have 3 children and 11 grandchildren, 6 that work in the family business. Mr. Oken formed and served as the first President of the Fresno City and County Visitors Bureau. He served on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1984 to 2003. Stan served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors from 1991 to 2000 and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. 

Donate to the Stan Oken Fresno County Scholarship

You may donate to the Stan Oken Fresno County Scholarship by using the Fresno State Alumni donation website, then choose "Stan Oken Fresno County Scholarship" under "view all giving opportunities."

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