Frequently Asked Questions

Engineering Scholars Program

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Engineering Scholars Program. Click on the question to see the answer.

1. What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.

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2. Who qualifies?

Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors Engineering majors with good academic standing. Juniors and Seniors must have at least 1 quarter of faculty-mentored research experience. Qualifying research experience includes but is not limited to summer research (REU), group projects with a faculty mentor and 3rd party research with a company. Senior projects and capstone projects are not considered for qualification. 

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3. Can I apply as an incoming transfer student?

Transfer students are encouraged to apply. New transfer students are exempt from the research experience requirement but will be required, in writing and great detail, to describe their outstanding interest in research and collaborative work. Transfer students that have attended Cal Poly Pomona for 1 or more quarters will be required to have research experience similar to non-transfer junior and senior level students.

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4. What GPA requirement is needed to apply?

3.0 or higher.

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5. What type of financial assistance do you get through the Engineering Scholars Program?

  • $5,000 dollar scholarship for up to four years.
  • Students must maintain good academic standing to qualify.

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6. What are the requirements to attain funding?

The $5,000 dollar scholarship will be divided in the academic year and distributed at the beginning of each quarter.

  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need (pell grant eligible)
  • Pursuing an engineering degree
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0, or if entering as a freshman, have a SAT Math score of 550 or higher

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7. How many scholarships are offered every year?

20 (but may fluctuate depending on need).

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8. Can I reapply?

Yes, but you must maintain good academic standing.

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9. When do applications open and when is the deadline to apply?

Applications open April 11th and close on April 26th. However, this may change year to year, but applications generally open in the fall quarter.

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10. Do I need a letter of recommendation as an incoming freshman or transfer student?

Yes, a letter may be written by a high school teacher, faculty from CPP or another institution, or professional employment supervisor.

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11. Do I need a letter of recommendation if I am reapplying?

Yes, Engineering Scholars Program is competitive and we require all students to resubmit a current letter of recommendation. Please make sure to submit the letter under the ESP landing page. No emailed letters will be accepted.

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For additional information or questions, please contact Office of Undergraduate Research at or Program Coordinator Everardo Barraza at