Prospective Donors

To learn about how you can make a tax-deductible gift to Cal Poly's scholarship and internship program, please check out the Student Support website or contact:

Scholarship Office
University Advancement
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0444

Phone: (805) 756-7466


A scholarship or award program is generally designed as a combination of academic recognition and financial assistance. Some scholarships do not seek to reward academic achievement but provide financial assistance to a student who has a defined financial need. Other scholarships seek to reward outstanding academic achievement with no regard for the student's financial situation. The establishment of a scholarship or award program signifies a dual commitment on the part of the donor and the university. The donor is gifting funds, while the university is agreeing to administer those funds according to the donor's wishes. Funds received are accepted on behalf of the State of California and are held in trust by Cal Poly. A scholarship may be restrictive in accordance with the donor's request, except that race, religion, color, age or sex cannot be factors in selecting a recipient (refer to the university catalog section Policies on the Rights of Individuals for more information). Such eligibility factors as class level, residential origin, major field of study, graduate of a specific high school, financial need, academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities are acceptable.

Methods of Funding

The funding for a scholarship or award can be provided in a number of ways:

  • Through an annual gift;
  • Through a donation sufficient to cover a scholarship/award for several years; or
  • Through the establishment of a scholarship endowment with the Cal Poly Foundation.

Annual scholarship programs are normally established through and administered by the university's Financial Aid Office. When the university is expected to administer the program, administrative requirements are established to ensure that all parties are aware of the eligibility requirements and any other conditions. Endowed scholarships are established on a permanent basis as a memorial or in recognition of a person, or entity. With a minimum $25,000 gift for scholarship endowments income from the principal is annually allocated. For more information regarding the establishment of an endowed scholarship, contact the Scholarship Office in Advancement at (805) 756-7466.

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