The Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship
Dr. Roche was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from San Diego State College in 1948. As an undergraduate at San Diego, Dr. Roche aspired to be a physician. He began his graduate work and accepted a Teaching Assistant position at the University of Southern California while his name was placed on a waiting list at USC and Stanford for medical school. As stated by Dr. Roche, "That was the end of my medial career. I was hooked on teaching!" He was awarded his Master of Science and Ph.D. Degrees in Zoology from the University of Southern California in 1952 and 1958, respectively. After one year at Compton Junior College, Dr. Roche accepted a position at Cal Poly Pomona.
Since 1959, Dr. Roche has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and served on the committee that developed the first Master of Science Degree Program in Biology, and served on Department, College, and University Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committees. He was a College Faculty Senator and Department Representative for the High School Biology Teacher Training Program, and was on the Kellogg West Planning Committee. Although Dr. Roche retired in 1986, he continues to teach his famous Histology course for the Biological Sciences Department as an emeritus professor.
The single purpose of this award is to honor Dr. Edward Roche and his commitment and dedication to students. Dr. Roche has provided encouragement, acted as a mentor, and presented foundations in Biological Sciences to many who have gone on to become successful teachers, researchers, and doctors. Cal Poly Pomona alumni and friends applaud the gifts Dr. Roche has generously given throughout his career as both a scientist and teacher.
- The Scholarship will be called the Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship.
- The single purpose of this award is to honor Dr. Edward Roche and his commitment and dedication to students. Dr. Roche has provided encouragement, acted as a mentor, and presented foundations in Biological Sciences to many who have gone on to become successful researchers, teachers and doctors. Cal Poly Pomona alumni and friends applaud the gifts Dr. Roche has generously given throughout his career as both a scientist and teacher.
- Each Scholarship will be a minimum of $500. The number and amount of annual awards are subject to annual change depending upon the available pool of endowment earnings. If the Selection Committee concludes that no worthy candidates have applied during a given year, it may elect to make no award.
- A plaque listing the names of all recipients will be placed in a prominent position within the Biological Sciences Department Office.
Selection of Recipients
- The goal of the Scholarship program is to award one or more scholarships annually recognizing senior and graduate biology students with superior academic records and promise.
- This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and commitment to the study of biology. Accordingly, applicants must have earned 3.30 or greater GPA for all core and support courses in his/her undergraduate major and a 3.0 or greater overall grade point average in all university level work since achieving sophomore status. Applicants who have overcome poor performance during the freshman year are encouraged to apply if they otherwise meet the GPA requirements. Applicants who are graduate students must have earned 3.30 GPA or greater in all completed post-baccalaureate course work as well as the baccalaureate requirements specified above.
- To qualify for consideration an applicant must either have achieved senior (135 quarter units completed) or graduate standing or will have achieved such standing by the beginning of the Fall Quarter following the award. Moreover, applicants must have been enrolled full-time in one of the Department of Biological Sciences' degree programs for a period of not fewer than three academic quarters in the calendar year prior to applying and have sufficient academic obligations remaining to require continued residence at least one academic year following receipt of the award.
- Previous awardees are ineligible for consideration. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply if they maintain eligibility
- Candidates will apply for the Scholarship through the University Scholarship Program administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid. A complete application will include the Cal Poly Pomona University Scholarship application form; a personal statement addressing the applicant's interests, activities, accomplishments, and plans for a career in biology; three letters of support, at least two of which must be from faculty in the Cal Poly Pomona College of Science; and official transcript(s) of all university course work. Selection will be based on academic record and promise as evidenced by the required application materials.
- The awardee selection process will be administered by the Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship Selection Committee.
Scholarship Selection Committee
- The Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship Selection Committee will be fixed at five members to include:
- Two (2) Donor Member Representatives
- One (1) Edward T. Roche Family Member Representative
- Biological Sciences Chair or Chair's Representative
- Biological Sciences Faculty Member Representative, selected by the Board of Directors
- Scholarship guidelines and procedures, including number and amount of awards, are subject to periodic review by the selection committee. Annual scholarship guidelines, procedures and related information will be reflected in program announcements.
- Dr. Edward T. Roche and family have requested that they be notified regarding the scholarship recipient's name, major and expected year of graduation.
Endowment/Scholarship Fund Management
- Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. will manage the investment of the Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship endowment fund.
- The principal of the Dr. Edward T. Roche Research Assistant Award Scholarship will forever remain intact. The minimum award amount will be $500; scholarship amounts and number of awards will be determined by the Selection Committee. The Selection will seek to exhaust available annual earnings from the Endowment as scholarship awards.