Division of Student Affairs

Black Achievement Success & Engagement in Science (BASES) Scholars


How it Works  |  Program Benefits

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Application Process

To qualify for the BASES Scholars program, you must:

  • Be admitted to Cal Poly Pomona as an incoming, first-time freshman*
  • Identify as Black/African American, including multi-racial, bi-racial, and mixed-race individuals
  • Complete and submit the application form by clicking 'apply now' below

*Note: Students from all majors are elligible to apply



A Community of Support

The Black Achievement Success and Engagement in Science (BASES) Scholars program builds a community of support for Black/African American student scholars by providing financial, academic, and mentoring resources through the African American Student Center (AASC).

BASES Scholars promotes Black Excellence through curriculum that is responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas taught by faculty of color within a cohort model. The partnership between the classroom experience and AASC fosters a community who shares an interest in the historical, intellectual, and political traditions of Black Americans, and engages with the Black community at Cal Poly Pomona.

BASES is rooted in Cal Poly Pomona’s mission of be an inclusive polytechnic university and is open to all majors. We encourage highly motivated first year incoming Black/African American students to apply by scrolling below!

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How It Works

For Fall 2022, students admitted into the BASES Scholar program will have the opportunity to enroll in a science course meant to enrich the learning experience and provide more time with the faculty member.

In the Spring of 2023, all BASES Scholars will have the opportunity to enroll in the same First Year Experience course that will provide opportunities to learn about campus resources, engage in career exploration, and develop community on campus. Students will also have the option to enroll in a math course taught by faculty within the BASES Scholars network.

Throughout the year, BASES Scholars will have academic, social, and mentoring events provided by the AASC that aim to support your individual and community success.

Program Benefits

  • Mentorship and academic skill development from faculty and staff of color
  • Peer mentorship from Cal Poly Pomona students of color and community support from the AASC
  • $750 BASES Scholar Scholarship 

BASES Scholars Program Committee

The committee is made up of dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to the success of our scholars:

  • Dr. Michael Page, Associate Dean, College of Science, Co-Director, BASES Program
  • Janetta Dismuke, Director, New Student Programs and Family Engagement, Co-Director, BASES Program
  • Jake Northington, Assistant Coordinator, BASES
  • Dr. Nick Hardy, Professor in Kinesiology & Health Promotion
  • Dr. Zakkoyya H. Lewis-Trammell, Professor in Kinesiology & Health Promotion
  • La 'Keisha Beard, Interim Director, Student Engagement, Leadership and Success
  • JD Dantzler, Area Coordinator, University Housing Services (UHS)
  • Dr. Dora Lee, Director of Academic Support & Learning Services