Office of the President

2020-21 President's Scholars

Melanis Stepanian

Melanis Stepanian

James H. Jones President’s Scholar

Major: Urban and Regional Planning

College of Environmental Design

Unviersity Programs: University Student Housing events lead, American Planning Student’s Association class representative, Armenian Club 

Creating connections is a passion for Melanis Stepanian. Her activities at Cal Poly Pomona allow her to lead and encourage her peers to expand their educational experiences through networking and professional development. Faculty members, like Adjunct Professor Steve Preston, inspire Melanis to learn the value of versatility in planning and the potential to develop spaces that build relationships. “Planning has elements ranging from social justice to urban design to informing issues seen and unseen. By having the knowledge and some control over these elements within a specific area, I want to create a greater sense of community in the city I will be working in through the construction of urban areas as well as creating social programs” she says. Melanis is also a soccer player, which led her to coach and referee AYSO soccer in her community, and has been active with the Southern California Association of Governments Illuminate Riverside. Crediting her parents’ dedication to her studies as motivation to graduate, Melanis is grateful to be recognized with the President’s Scholars scholarship, saying, “This scholarship was a blessing and has given me an extra boost to push harder toward my education, and motivated me to graduate at the top of my class.”