Cal Poly Scholars Program to Receive $80,000 Gift From Amazon

Four-year scholarships will benefit students in computer science or software engineering
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that Amazon has pledged $80,000 to the university in support of high-achieving students in the Cal Poly Scholars Program.
The donation will support eight Cal Poly Scholars majoring in computer science or software engineering for four years, starting in fall 2018.
The universitywide Cal Poly Scholars Program was established by President Jeffrey D. Armstrong in 2012 to recruit and retain qualified California students.

“This generous gift provides the means for eight accomplished students to attend and be supported at Cal Poly, and it moves the university closer toward our goal of expanding the Scholars program to all students in need on our campus,” Armstrong said. “Our strong industry partnerships are key to our ability to give all low-income California students the opportunity to benefit from Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy.”  
The Cal Poly Scholars Program is aimed at recruiting and retaining low-income students from California high schools. The program is open to all California high school graduates who are admitted to the university and meet certain financial criteria as determined by their financial aid application.
The program provides students with an annual scholarship, credit toward a technology package, a living/learning community on campus for their first two years of enrollment, and proactive advising and support to help ensure their academic success. Currently, 240 Cal Poly Scholars span across all six academic colleges and are actively pursuing degrees from more than 30 majors.
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About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

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