Barbara H. Lingenfelter
Barbara H. Lingenfelter served as an elementary coordinator in the Teacher Preparation Center and as a professor of Education from 1965 to 1985. A scholarship fund was created in her memory
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
Through the company’s University Relations, Boeing partners with over 200 universities and higher education institutions around the world, to provide the very best resources to create meaningful experiences for students who share Boeing’s passion for aerospace innovation.
Bruce E. Wilson
The scholarship is a tribute to one of the founding members of the Political Science Department, whose ideas, enterprise, and labors should always be remembered. Professor Wilson was the chief driving force behind both the founding and the first years of the Department’s development.
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
The Robert M. Odell Scholarship was established in April 1987 by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CMFSO) to honor the former city treasurer of Los Angeles.
California State University Porgram for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) was created in 1987 by Chancellor Reynolds to provide a coordinated and amplified development of biotechnology and related research, research training, and education within the CSU; to foster competitiveness on both the state and national levels; to facilitate the training of a sufficient number of bioscience technicians and scientists; to catalyze technology transfer and enhance intellectual property protection; to facilitate the acquisition and long-term maintenance of the state-of-the-art biotechnology resource facilities; and to promote the development of industry-focused training programs.
It is a multi-campus coordination program designed to catalyzed interdisciplinary, inter-campus, synergistic endeavors between Chemistry and Biology departments on all campuses and between faculty from a number of allied academic and research units such as bioengineering, agricultural biotechnology, environmental and natural resources, molecular ecology, and marine biotechnology.
Chief Kimberly A. Plater
Kimberly A. Plater was the Cal Poly Pomona Police Chief from 1990-2003. The Chief Kimberly A. Plater Endowed Scholarship was set up upon her retirement to honor the efforts of students who go beyond the classroom, into the campus and community.
Dr. Harold Lint
Dr. Harold Lint joined the faculty in 1947. During the 33 years he served at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Lint taught a remarkable variety of courses ranging from entomology and plant pathology, to math and English. Dr. Lint’s love of botany (especially rushes, Juncus) and his love for his students, made him one of the most effective instructors on campus.
In addition to his duties at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Lint worked summers as a park ranger in Grand Canyon, Lasson National Park, and the state of Washington. His genuine concern for plants and the environment, which he began voicing 30 years before they became popular issues, was the reason that the Dr. Harold Lint Biological Science Scholarship was established in his memory.
Dr. Herbert Carter
Dr. Claudia H. Hampton was the first African American trustee of the California State University. Fellow trustee Dr. Herbert Carter funded the Hampton Scholars Scholarship in her honor to recognize students who excel academically and exemplify Dr. Hampton’s dedication.
Dr. Monica M. Roach
In memory of her daughter, Patty, Dr. Monica M. Roach of Arcadia, California established the Patty Roach scholarship at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Dr. Peter P. Dawson
Dr. Peter P. Dawson is a Professor of Organizational Behavior Emeritus and a retired Air Force Colonel. He was a prominent Professor in the College of Business at Cal Poly, Pomona for twenty-three years. He published several books in the field of business systems and organizational behavior. Dr. Dawson designed several unique experiential exercises and a business simulation for which he received the Freedom Foundation’s Leavey Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education. He was a consultant to several major corporations.
He is best known for his devotion to the over 600 students he taught. Twelve graduating classes selected him as their favorite professor, and in 1988, he was selected as the University’s outstanding professor. Dawson is a Certified Data Processor, a member of: Phi Beta Kappa, the Academy of Management, the Operations Research Sopciety of America, and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.
Dawson enlisted in the Army a year before the Pearl Harbor attack and was among the first 300 navigators commissioned in the Air Corps. He was a pioneer in the Air Force Navigator Training program and served in every capacity from navigation instructor to Headquarters’ USAF staff navigator training officer. He attained the rank of Colonel at age thirty-five. Dawson also served in England during World War II, in China as an adivsor to the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, and in Germany as Base Commander of the 49th Tactical Figher Wing. Dawson spent his last five years in the Air Force as the Director of Planning and Research at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, an institution dedicated to the advanced management education of senior government officers. He consulted with government, business, and academic leaders in 48 countries.
Follwing the death of his immigrant father in Des Moines, Iowa, during the Great Depression, Dawson began working to help support himself at the age of twelve. He partially financed his education with money earned as a paperboy, messenger, janitor, dishwasher and waiter. He completed his undergraduate work in mathematics at the University of Iowa before his twenty-first-birhtday. He obtained a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University and completed the Stanford University Executive Program.
Edison Scholars Scholarship
Edison International believes that education is an important source of power and advancement for young people. Edison has given more than $34 million to education programs that help make the dream of college education a reality. These programs have focused on helping minority, low-income, and underrepresented students pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Edwin C. Kimmel was president of the Northern California division of Lewis Homes. He was elected president in 1981 of the Building Industry Assn. of Superior, California
George P. Hart
George Hart devoted thirty years to Cal Poly Pomona as a member of the Political Science Department and as Associate Dean in the School of Arts (now the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences). He served on the Academic Senate from 1983 to 1995, acting as chair from 1987 through 1989. His life serves as a tribute to the pursuit of academic excellence and dedicated leadership.
Glenn and Dorothy Dumke
Dr. Glenn S. Dumke was Chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982. He organized 16 separate academic programs into a single system that became a model across the nation.
John H. Esterline
The Esterline Scholarship is given in tribute to Dr. Esterline who, after a distinguished career in diplomacy for the United States, served as chair and then as a regular member of the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona until his death in 1996.
Keith and Sheila Goldring
Dr. SheilaMcCoy, former chair of the Liberal Studies Department and founding Dean for CEIS created an endowment that funds The Keith and Sheila Goldring McCoy Scholarship.
Laura E. Settle
Laura E. Settle is the founder of the California Retired Teacher’s Association (CRTA). She served as president of the CRTA for 16 years.
Lillian Wilds Shakespeare Scholarship
Professor Lillian Wilds (1926-1985) earned her B.A. (1962), her M.A. (1964), and her Ph.D. (1970) at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her book on Shakespeare’s Character Dramatists was published in 1975, and she published articles in Shakespeare Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, and the Quarterly Review of Film Studies as well as in other journals. She taught Shakespeare’s plays at Cal Poly Pomona from 1968 until shortly before her death in 1985. The extraordinary quality of her work was recognized when she was selected as Cal Poly Pomona’s Outstanding Professor and its nominee for the 1982-1983 CSU Outstanding Professor award bestowed by the Trustees of the California State University.
Shortly after her death, the Lillian Wilds Scholarship was established with funds donated by her husband, Lee Wilds, and by colleagues and students who wanted to honor her pioneering work. Since its inception, her son Daniel Wilds and his wife, Linda, have generously made further contributions to the endowment, increasing the amount awarded to each winner. The Lillian Wilds Scholarship was first awarded in 1986. EFL faculty select and announce a winner of the scholarship each Spring Quarter.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Soon Kim
Mr. Keith Soon Kim is a distinguished alumn (’62 Mathematics) whose generosity and dedication to the university began as a student. As a student leader at Cal Poly Pomona, he founded the International Student Club. He has served on the alumni board and the University Education Trust board. Serving as chair of the advisory board for the Advanced Technology Partnerships Institute, Mr. Kim and his wife have been advocates for the university to become a recognized leader in applied science and technology, creating innovative partnerships with industry.
In 2012, the scholarship program for California Community College (CCC) students was formed. The Osher Foundation provided endowments to California State University and University of California institutions to support scholarships for students transferring from a CCC to those baccalaureate campuses.
Partners in Education
The Cal Poly Pomona Partners in Education (PIE) Board raises money to support teacher candidates while completing Clinical practice.
Paul and Sue Lebowitz
Paul and Sue Lebowitz are the proud parents of James Lebowitz who was a freshman Computer Science student. James was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum disorder, at age 6, and experts said he might never be able to live independently. But Paul and Sue Lebowits were determined parents who sought the help of outside specialists and battled school administrators to get James the James had always been bright and cheerful, but school overwhelmed him. His teachers thought he wouldn’t pay attention. The fact was he simply couldn’t meet an adult’s eyes.
“It was too intense,” recalls his father, Paul Lebowitz. “His nerves were over-tuned. Any stray noise was a distraction. He fidgeted constantly and seemed unable to follow directions.
“One day they called me up, and the principal said, ‘Come get your kid. He’s been underneath his desk having a fit for hours,’ ” he recalls. “This is a kid who took the Gifted and Talented Education test and pretty much maxed it out, and yet he can’t sit still in his chair.”
Experts say that people with Asperger’s lack empathy. That’s not how Paul Lebowitz remembers his son. James didn’t have the tools to read others’ emotions, but that didn’t mean he was unfeeling.
James had been bullied in middle school, and the experience seemed to leave him with an enhanced sense of compassion for others. In high school, James came to realize that he could help others in his skills groups, says Jena Durnay, a speech therapist who worked with James at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego. James blossomed in his junior and senior years.
The biggest transformation came in the weeks after James moved to Cal Poly Pomona to study computer science. He didn’t merely live on his own. He thrived, academically and socially.
“James was in the top 5 percent of all students I have ever had in any of my classes, if not the top 1 percent,” Rodriguez wrote in a letter to the Lebowitz family.
The Cal Poly Pomona community welcomed James, a fact that his parents attributed to the sense of acceptance the school nourishes. For the first time in his life, James made friends on his own. After winter break, he couldn’t wait to return.
“James went back to Pomona a day early because he wanted to get back to his friends. For him, that was incredible,” Paul Lebowitz says. “I wish we’d had another day with him, but he was where he wanted to be.”
help he needed. Most of all, they showered their son with love.
Less than two weeks later, Paul and Susan Lebowitz woke to a hammering at the door of their San Diego home. It was a police officer, bearing unspeakable news: A blood vessel had burst in James’ brain.
They rushed to be with their son. At 5 a.m. on a foggy highway, they took a call from a neurosurgeon at Pomona Valley Hospital. James’ higher brain function had ceased. He couldn’t be helped.
In the hospital later that morning, one of James’ doctors suggested the Lebowitzes consider donating their son’s organs.
“Sue and I just nodded,” Paul Lebowitz says. “Why would we compound the most profound tragedy that we could possibly face by wasting the opportunity to give life to other people?”
From his son’s bedside, Paul Lebowitz reached out on Facebook, asking that anyone who knew someone on an organ donor list to contact him. One of those who responded was Tommy Gomes. Gomes had struggled with addiction, and the man who got him back on track — the man Gomes credits with saving his life — is George Martinez. Martinez needed a kidney.
In an outpouring of emotion, the Cal Poly Pomona community gathered to say goodbye. On the lawn in front of James’ freshman residence hall, Palmitas, more than 150 students and faculty members gathered for a candlelight vigil. They shared stories and tears. President Soraya M. Coley attended. So did the custodian who recalled that James always greeted him with a smile.
A few hours later, Paul Lebowitz says, “We escorted James into the operating room and kissed him goodbye one last time. His heart was matched with an 18-year-old — the same age as our dear son.” His organs saved five people and gave sight to two others. His bone and tissue will benefit about 50 people.
The organ donations leave a powerful legacy, but Paul and Susan Lebowitz wanted their son to be remembered at the university where he had come into his own, a community he loved and that loved him back.
“I can’t think of another tribute that would be so lasting and meaningful,” Paul Lebowitz says. “Even his organ donation will last only one person’s lifetime. This scholarship is forever. As long as there’s a Cal Poly Pomona, students will be awarded that scholarship. I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
Richard K. Leffingwell
After graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree from CSU Northridge and serving as an officer in the US Army, Richard Leffingwell joined the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office as a member of the trustee’s audit staff. The Richard K. Leffingwell scholarship reflects his admiration for the university’s commitment to provide opportunities to foster the next generation of students who wish to be instrumental in serving the public.
Ronald R. Simons
Ronald R. Simons is a former Imperial Valley resident. He spent 40 years as an administrator at Cal Poly Pomona University. When he retired, his friends and associates created a scholarship in his name.
The Wagner Fund
The Wagner Fund was created by Dr. Gerald E. Wagner in 1998 through the generous donations of corporate sponsors, alumni and faculty. The fund honors Dr. Wagner’s efforts as a CIS professor and leader in curriculum and his commitment to student achievement.
William & Janet Lahey
William Lahey served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs from October 1966 until he retired in June 1986. His wife, Jan, was an avid volunteer with the Long Beach Art Museum. The Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship furthers both Williams’s commitment to education and Jan’s passion for the arts
William Randolf Hearst Foundation
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.