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Marcia Starcher

Winter 2014

I am nominating:   Marcia Starcher

Years of Service at Cal Poly:  7 years

Department:  Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Position:   Scholarship Specialist


Why are you nominating this person?  Why do you think he/she deserves the award?

Marcia has done an outstanding job researching and implementing a new scholarship management system for the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  She has spent countless hours before 8:00am and well after 5:00pm to ensure all the specifications were met between our campus data provided to Academic Works and the creation of the entire application site.  She has been instrumental in the awarding of over $4 million dollars in scholarship funds to our students during the last year.


In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?

Marcia is dedicated to serving our students.  She is committed to upholding the core values of the campus, Division and our office.  Here concern is always for the student and what works best for them to achieve success.  She is dependable, knowledgeable and extremely student-centered.  She always knows how to turn a negative into a positive.  I am honored to have Marcia as part of my staff.


Please select 2 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies:

☒  Student-Centered Philosophy

☐  Integrity

☐  Interconnectedness

☐ Environmental

☒ Passion

☐  Quality

☐  Richness of Diversity

☐  Sustainability (New)


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

Marcia always puts the student first.  She is not satisfied until our students are satisfied.  She works directly with students who need special assistance in completing the essay portion of the scholarship application or any other aspects of the process.  Not only does she work with scholarships, but she has an active role in the total financial aid package of the student from explaining the application process to awarding and coordinating funds.  She is a mentor to staff and student workers in the office based on her knowledge of the entire financial aid process.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:

She has a genuine passion about life in but especially when it comes to serving the students at Cal Poly Pomona.    Scholarships can be an integral part of a student’s decision to come to Cal Poly Pomona or stay at Cal Poly Pomona.  It is also an integral part of the recruitment efforts for college and departments on campus in recruiting the best and the brightest.  It is imperative to the campus community to have a scholarship system that works effectively for students, faculty and staff to achieve success.  Marcia has taken this project from the initial research stage to full implementation.  She provides presentations and training sessions to members of the campus community to fully explain and work through the scholarship process.