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The Ernest Prete, Jr. Geological Sciences Scholarship

Guidelines

The Scholarship

  1. The Scholarship will be called the Ernest Prete, Jr. Geological Sciences Scholarship at Cal Poly Pomona.
  2. Each Scholarship will be a $1,000 sum awarded annually at the Cal Poly Pomona Geological Sciences Department Alumni Reception. Generally, this is a picnic held in April.
  3. The Geological Sciences Department encourages Mr. Prete or a representative of the Ernest Prete, Jr. Foundation to be present to make the award. This gives students a better opportunity to understand Mr. Prete's commitment to the environment and the personal interest Mr. Prete has for students, "hands-on" learning, and concerns for the preservation of our planet.
  4. A plaque briefly describing the purpose of the award, and listing the names of all recipients will be placed in a prominent position within the Geological Sciences Department Office.

Selection of Recipients

  1. Although the goal is to give one scholarship every year, the overriding intention is to recognize individuals with outstanding commitments to the field of Earth Sciences with emphasis in environmental studies or planetology. To this end, there is no stipulated requirement that only one scholarship be awarded each year. When funds from earnings on the endowed fund allow, more than one scholarship may be awarded. 
  2. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to the study and understanding of Earth Sciences with emphasis in environmental studies or planetology. Its purpose is three-fold. It will recognize academic excellence, recognize the value of "hands-on" learning opportunities through the senior research thesis, and recognize the importance of protecting our environment through a thorough understanding of the Earth's natural physical processes and their complex of environmental inter-relationships.
  3. To qualify for the scholarship an applicant must be classified as a senior or a graduate student during the academic year following the presentation. Thus, students must have a minimum of 135 quarter units, or its equivalent of university credit. Only students in good academic standing with the University will be considered in the pool of eligible persons. Eligible persons must have been enrolled in one of Cal Poly Pomona Geological Sciences Department's degree programs or a period of not less than one calendar year prior to being declared eligible and have sufficient course-related obligations to be in residence one year after receipt of the award.
  4. During the Fall Quarter, the Geological Sciences Department will post a list of candidates eligible for the award.
  5. Candidates must request consideration for the Scholarship. Candidates may self nominate or be nominated by their peers or faculty. The deadline date for receipt of candidates' letters of interest will be as close as possible to one month prior to the meeting date of the Scholarship Board of Directors.
  6. The following must be submitted to the Scholarship Board of Directors for consideration: (a) a proposal for the senior thesis outlining the purpose or goals of the study and how it will improve, forward, or better our understanding of the physical environment; (b) a timeline and budget; (c) a brief description of personal ideas and career goals; and (d) a copy of college transcripts.
  7. Applicants will be invited for a personal interview. This brief interview will be conducted during the annual Board of Directors meeting, and will serve as a means to establish commonalties between the applicant, the senior thesis proposal, and stated ideals and career goals. It is the intent of the Board to conduct this interview in a casual, informal, non-confrontational, conversation with the applicant.
  8. After evaluation of all applications and interviews, the Directors must agree on a single successful individual by unanimous vote.
  9. Although the goal is to give one scholarship per year, the overriding intention is to recognize individuals with outstanding commitments to the field of earth sciences. To this end, there is no stipulated requirement that only one scholarship is awarded each year. When funds from earning on the endowed fund allow, more than one scholarship may be awarded.

Scholarship Selection Committee

  1. Voting members of the Ernest Prete, Jr. Geological Sciences Scholarship Board of Directors (Scholarship Board of Directors) will be fixed at three persons and include the Geological Sciences Department Chair, a Geological Sciences Faculty Member, and a representative of the Ernest Prete, Jr. Foundation.
  2. The Ernest Prete, Jr. Foundation is responsible for the selection of its representative.
  3. Directors may resign by written request. Letters should be addressed to the Geological Sciences Department Chair.

Endowment/Scholarship Fund Management

  1. Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. will manage the investment of the Ernest Prete, Jr. Geological Sciences Scholarship endowment fund.
  2. The principal of the Ernest Prete, Jr. Geological Sciences Scholarship will forever remain intact. A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded using only the investment proceeds from the endowment.
  3. The Ernest Prete, Jr. Foundation strongly encourages the Scholarship Board of Directors to annually award all available investment earnings to eligible students.