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CLASS Scholarships

Through donors' generosity, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) has the privilege of awarding scholarships to serve our students better. We hope to provide our students with every opportunity to prosper and grow, regardless of their financial circumstances. Applying for scholarships may seem like a daunting task, but we make it our priority to streamline our students' process.

Applying Has Never Been Easier: Fill out the general online application located at the Office of Financial Aid's scholarship page: https://csupomona.academicworks.com. The system will match you with all the scholarship opportunities available to you. Please be aware many scholarships have additional requirements beyond the general application. To be considered, you must complete all other requirements for the individual scholarships.

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College Opportunities

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$500 (min) Dr. Barbara J. Way Endowment for Community Engagement

Eligibility: CLASS major; Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing at time of application; Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Additional Requirements: Essay (500 words) describing how past experiences as a volunteer or other experiences have contributed to a desire to pursue a career in the public or not-for-profit sector.

$500 (min) Dr. Sonia Blackman and Dr. James Bell Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: CLASS major; Sophmore, Junior, Senior (not graduating before award year); Demonstrated financial need at the time of awarding; Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Additional Requirements: Essay (500 words) demonstrating financial need and describe the challenges you have overcome, your achievements, and your academic and career goals

$2,000- $6000 Cecil B. Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Communication Studies

Eligibility: Students majoring in Communication, Journalism, Media or Public Relations, or for other students not majoring in Communication but has special interest or involvement in communications; Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA

Additional Requirements: Current resume

$500 (min) Chief Kimberly A. Plater Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergrduate students in a CLASS major; Full-time student, minimum 2.5 GPA

Additional Requirements: None

$250-$500 CLASS Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: All CLASS majors with Junior standing at time of application

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) Fleta Mae Mislap Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: CLASS major; Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need

Additional Requirements: None

$1000 (min) Martha and Cecil Brown Endowed Scholarship in Honor of H. Schleifer

Eligibility: All undergraduate majors in Politcal Science, Journalism/Communication, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology; Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA; Experience in public service or service learning; Demonstrated financial need at the time of awarding

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Scholarship for Social Justice and Peace

Eligibility: Sophomore or Junior standing at time of application; Minimum 3.3 GPA

Additional Requirements: Essay that clearly articulates what you have worked for in regards to social justice and peace or discuss how your student goals incorporate social justice and peace.

$1500 (min) Sharon and Megan Daseler Scholarship Endowment

Eligibility: CLASS undergraduate major; Full-time student; Minimum GPA 2.5, U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Additional Requirements: 1 Letter of Recommendation

$500 (min) The Carol Channing Performing Arts Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in Theatre, Music, or minoring in Dance; Full-time student; Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Additional Requirements: None

Department Opportunities

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$6,250 - $25,000 Frank A. Tennant Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Communication major, either Journalism or Public Relations track; Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing at time of application; Minimum GPA cumulative 3.5; Demonstrated financial need at the time of awarding

Additional Requirements: Essay (500 words) on why you want to be a journalist or public realtions practitioner; 2-3 writing samples, preferably samples of work published in high school or college media (such as newspaper, website, newsletter etc.); 2 letters of reccomendation specifically for this scholarship.

$1000 Gary Keele Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Communication major, with an Option of Organizational or Interpersonal Communication; Cal Poly Pomona GPA greater than or equal to 3.5; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: None

$1000 Jacque Weiss Scholarship

Eligibility: Incoming first-year Communication majors; Minimum High School GPA of 3.5

Additional Requirements: Essay (300 words) addresses the following: the applicant’s reason why they/he/she is applying for the scholarship; and, the applicant’s career and educational goals.

$250-$750 Kaufman-Yarbrough Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in Communication; Cumulative and Cal Poly Pomona GPA must be greater than or equal to 3.25

Additional Requirements: Current Resume

$1000 Legacy Scholarship

Eligibility: Communication Major; Junior or Senior standing at time of application; Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Additional Requirements: Supplemental question- In no more than 400 words, please write a personal statement that addresses why you are applying for this scholarship and your commitment to creating a legacy for future Communication majors; Must be available to speak at Fall Event Planning Class event in the year following the award

$500 Patricia A. Kurtz Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Communication major; Junior level standing at time of award; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Current resume; Supplemental Questions- What are your views about the importance of journalism, magazines, and feature writing?; What are your career and educational goals, including your interest in journalism, magazines, and feature writing?; How are you involved in student, professional, and/or community activities; What are your reasons for applying for this scholarship and your need for financial assistance?

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$750 (min) Blumner-Franklin Economics Scholarship Endowment

Eligibility: Economics major; Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or minimum 3.5 major GPA

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Questions- Are you a member of the Economics Club? and Have you completed or registered for at least 2 courses in environmental and resources economics or another area of concentration in economics barring quantitative economics?

$500 (min) Blumner-Franklin Economics Scholarship Endowment for Transfer Students

Eligibility: Economics major, Transfer Student, Junior standing at time of applying; Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or minimum 3.5 major GPA; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Are you a member of the Economics Club?

$500 (min) Dr. Franklin Ho Endowed Scholarships in Graduate Economics

Eligibility: Enrolled in the Economics MS program or have applied to the Economics MS program by time of application; Enrolled in the Economics MS program at Cal Poly Pomona year of award

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Have you submitted an application for the Economics Graduate Program?

$500 (min) George Galbreath Scholarship

Eligibility: Economics major; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Additional Requirements: None

Award Amount Scholarship Information
Varies English and Modern Languages Department Scholarship

Eligibility: English and Modern Languages major; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) Jeanine L. (McDonald) Fucci Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: CLASS or Liberal Studies major; Senior standing at time of application; Student is on education track and plans to obtain credential within 24-36 months; Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; Full-time student; Demonstrated financial need at the time of awarding; US citizenship

Additional Requirements:  Supplemental Question- Will you obtain your teaching credential within 24-36 months?

$1500 (min) Lillian Wilds Scholarship

Eligibility: English and Modern Languages major; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate involvement with Shakespeare through ONE of the following: High school work verified through two recommendation letters from high school teachers or participation in the Cal Poly (or other) Shakespeare Festival or competent performance in Shakespeare course(s), either completed or in progress, along with two recommendation letters from college teachers.

Additional Requirements: Esssay (1000-1500 words) describing interest in Shakespeare. This paper will be evaluated partly on compositional quality but mainly on its ability to reflect excitement regarding Shakespeare study and performance; Two high school teachers OR Two college instructors who can provide letters of recommendation on your behalf and attest to your demonstrated enthusiasm for Shakespeare; Supplemental Questions- Have you participated in the Cal Poly Pomona Shakespeare Festival or other Shakespeare event?; Are you currently enrolled in a Shakespeare course or have you previously taken a Shakespeare course?

$2000 The Shana Y. Wang Scholarship

Eligibility: English major or enrolled in the Master of Arts in English Program; Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, and Graduate students; Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; Community involvement preferred; Preference given to those with the intention to pursue their teaching credentials at Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education and Integrative studies

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Do you intend to pursue a teaching credential at Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education and Integrative Studies?

Award Amount Scholarship Information
Varies The Department of Geography and Anthropology Scholarship

Eligibility: Geography or an Anthropology major

Additional Requirements: Current resume

$500 (min) The Kun Chen Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Anthropology major; Minimum Cal Poly Pomona GPA of 3.25; Full-time student; Address how your study or activity of geography/anthropology contribute to your immediate or long-range career plans on general application

Additional Requirements: Current resume

$500 (min) The Wayne Abbott Swenson Scholarship

Eligibility: Geography or Anthropology major; Minimum Cal Poly GPA of 3.25; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Current resume

Award Amount Scholarship Information
Varies Cahueque/Noll Music Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing; Music major

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) explaining how you have demonstrated service or excellence in performance or project creation in the Music Department.

Varies Clarke Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduates; Music majors enrolled in either music studio or piano performance seminar; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) explaining how you have demonstrated excellence and service in piano performance; Supplemental question- I will be in piano studio and piano performance seminar

$250 (min) Duo Concertante Music Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior; Music major and enrolled/plan to enroll in String Ensemble or Piano Ensemble; Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Essay (500 words) explaining how your performance activities contribute to the campus' artistic life.

Varies Emphasis/Option: Music Industry Studies

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior standing; Music Major with an MIS option; Minimum 3.0 or higher GPA in major; Full-time student; Demonstrate ability for high-quality performances or a project creation when submitting it either on or before the date selected by the Music Department (for available dates, please visit the Music Department)

Additional Requirements: None

Varies Emphasis/Option: Performance

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior standing; Music Major with an option in Performance; Maintain minimum GPA in major of 3.0 or higher; Full-time student; Demonstrate ability for high-quality performances or a project creation when submitting it either on or before the date selected by the Music Department (for available dates, please visit the Music Department)

Additional Requirements: None

Varies Ensemble Scholarships

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Open to all students who enroll in the specific ensemble for the next academic year; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher; Enrolled and be in good standing in the ensemble for the full term(s) during the academic year.

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 word) demonstrating your service to and/or ability to serve the specific ensemble you are or will be enrolled in, and describe your ability for high-quality performance.

$500 (min) Eric & Elizabeth Turkel Music Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Music major; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; Enrolled at least half-time; Demonstrate ability for high-quality performances and specialize in the study of classical piano or string instruments

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Are you specializing in classical piano study?

Varies Huff Family Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Music major; Music major who enrolled in saxophone studio and performance seminar; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) demonstrating your service or excellence in saxophone performance; Supplemental Question- Will you be enrolled in studio and saxophone performance seminar in the following fall and/or spring term?

$500 (min) Josh Garrett Music Production Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in the Music Industry Studies Option; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Additional Requirements:  Essay (200 words) describing your music-production goals, and financial need.

$500 (min) Joy Rosenbauer Music Educators Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshmen; currently enrolled in a Music Major with a Music Education or Pedagogy option; incoming freshmen High School GPA must be a 3.0 or higher; Current students must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: None

Varies Lindsley Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Music major and plan to enroll in a music studio, performance seminar and chamber singers; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) demonstrating your service or excellence in vocal/choral performance

Varies Merit Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Music major; Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5; Full-time student; Demonstrate ability for high-quality performances, based on jury exams or entrance auditions with the Music Department

Additional Requirements:Supplemental Question- Acknowledgement: I (am going to)/ (have had) an audition with the Music Department

Varies Music Education Emphasis

Eligibility: Full-time student in the Pedagogy or Music Education option; Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater

Additional Requirements: None

Varies Orchestra Concerto Competition

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Play an orchestral instrument or piano; Perform live audition with piano accompaniment for judges panel

Additional Requirements: Submit an attachment with the following information: Where they are currently in school, Instrument, Composer and title of piece they will perform, and timing (max 12 minutes), Name and email address of private studio teacher, Best way to contact you, the student, Agree that if selected you will enroll in orchestra for both terms in the coming year; In order to receive the award, the scholarship winner must: Enroll in MU 3510L at time of award

$500 (min) Paul Anka Music Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing; Music major; Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher; Full-time student; Demonstrate the ability for high quality performance by audition at the music department.

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Questions- Are you or will youe be enrolled in Songwriter Showcase?; Audition for scholarships, auditions occur four times per year. Fall Conference: on the afternoon of the day before Fall classes begin. December: during Finals week, at the Fall-semester performance juries. Early February: at the incoming-student auditions. May: during Finals week, at the Spring-semester performance juries. Performances may not exceed 5 minutes. Music need not be memorized.

$400 (min) Recruitment Music Department Scholarship

Eligibility: Incoming Freshmen ONLY; Music major; Minimum High School GPA of 3.0 or higher; Full-time student; Demonstrate ability for high-quality performance during the audition

Additional Requirements: Audition for scholarships, auditions occur four times per year. Fall Conference: on the afternoon of the day before Fall classes begin. December: during Finals week, at the Fall-semester performance juries. Early February: at the incoming-student auditions. May: during Finals week, at the Spring-semester performance juries. Performances may not exceed 5 minutes. Music need not be memorized.

Varies Studio: Piano

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Graduate standing; Music majors who enrolled in piano studio, an ensemble, and performance seminar; cumulative GPA must be greater than or equal to 3.0 *OR* incoming GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 for incoming freshmen or transfer admitted

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) demonstrating your excellence and service in piano performance; Supplemental Question- Will you be in piano studio, an ensemble, and piano seminar for award academic year?

Varies Studio: Voice

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing; Music majors who enroll in voice studio, an ensemble, and voice seminar; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or incoming GPA of 3.0 or above for incoming freshmen or transfers

Additional Requirements: Essay (200 words) demonstrating your service or excellence in vocal performance; Supplemental Question- Will you be in voice studio, an ensemble, and voice seminar for award academic year?

$750 (min) Varnasi Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing; Music majors who are enrolled in Studio Voice and Chamber Singers; Incoming freshman/transfer GPA must be a 3.0 or higher OR cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate excellence in classical voice performance

Additional Requirements: Supplemental question Will you be be enrolled in Studio Voice and Chamber Singers?

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$1000 BNI-Misner Endowed Scholarship for Political Science

Eligibility: Political Science Major; Students must be in their first year at the university (no more than 30 residency semester units by the end of the application term); Cal Poly Pomona GPA greater than or equal to 3.0; Demonstrate interest in school and/or community service in the general application essay; Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need in the application essay

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) Bruce E Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Political Science major; Preference will be given to students who were not given a department scholarship in previous years

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) George Hart Memorial Endowment

Eligibility: Political Science major; Demonstrate interest in community affairs in general application essay; Preference will be given to students who were not given a department scholarship in previous years

Additional Requirements: None

$250 (min) John Esterline Scholarship in Political Science

Eligibility: Political Science major; GPA greater than or equal to 3.2; Demonstrate interest in international affairs in the general application essay

Additional Requirements: None

$1000 (min) The John A. Mortberg Endowed Scholarship in Political Science

Eligibility: Currently enrolled in the MPA Program; Demonstrate interest and commitment to a career in public service in their personal statement; Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

Additional Requirements: None

$5000 The Sean Yu Student Leadership Scholarship (in honor of Professor David Speak)

Eligibility: Political Science Major; Demonstrate their participation in student organizations on campus; Preference will be given to students who were not given a department scholarship in previous years

Additional Requirements: Current resume that includes list of relevant leadership experience

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$500 (min) Behavioral Sciences Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology major; Minimum overall CPP GPA of 3.0; Completed at least one semester at CPP

Additional Requirements: None

$1000 Lowell R. Overton Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Behavioral Science major; complete 60 units by time of award; Completed lower division major requirements by time of award; Completed some upper-division requirements in major by the time of award; Cumulative GPA of 3.0; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Questions- Have or willy ou have completed lower division major requirements before Fall 2021?; Have or will you have some progress in completing upper-division requirements by award year?

$500 (min) Robert M. Schwieder Behavioral Science Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology major; Completed at least one semester of coursework at Cal Poly Pomona; Minimum CPP GPA of 3.0

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- How do you support gender equity in the social sciences?

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$500 (min) Behavioral Sciences Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology major; Minimum overall CPP GPA of 3.0; Completed at least one semester at CPP

Additional Requirements: None

$500 (min) Ernest J. Cioffi, Jr. Scholarship in Sociology

Eligibility: Sociology or Criminology major; Transfer student or be a continuing Cal Poly Pomona student with Junior standing at time of award; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Additional Requirements: Supplemental questions- How do you plan to make a significant contribution to the field of Sociology?; Will you have 60 semester units completed by the award year?

$1000 Lowell R. Overton Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Behavioral Science major; complete 60 units by time of award; Completed lower division major requirements by time of award; Completed some upper-division requirements in major by the time of award; Cumulative GPA of 3.0; Full-time student

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Questions- Have or willy ou have completed lower division major requirements before Fall 2021?; Have or will you have some progress in completing upper-division requirements by award year?

$500 (min) Robert M. Schwieder Behavioral Science Scholarship

Eligibility: Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology major; Completed at least one semester of coursework at Cal Poly Pomona; Minimum CPP GPA of 3.0

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- How do you support gender equity in the social sciences?

Award Amount Scholarship Information
$300 (min) Morse Family Scholarship Endowment

Eligibility: Theatre major or minor; Junior or Senior standing by time of award; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Please describe your experience in design or technical theatre for departmental productions or classes, and why you believe you should receive this scholarship.

$300 (min) Terry Gullo Scholarship Endowment Fund

Eligibility: Theatre major or have a Theatre or Dance minor; Cumulative GPA of 2.2; Exhibit outstanding participation in various areas of departmental activity and demonstrate a well-rounded, professional artistic attitude.

Additional Requirements: Supplemental Question- Please describe your experience in costume design or costume construction for departmental productions or classes, and why you believe you should receive this scholarship.