President's Scholars Scholarship for Graduate Students

Considered the most prestigious scholarship series at the university, the President’s Scholars Scholarship awards were established in 1983 through the generosity of individual donors who are dedicated to recognizing student achievement and perseverance. Awards each year are based on applicant academic and co-curricular excellence as well as personal interviews, letters of recommendation and strength of application essay. Each of the endowed scholarships is named by its benefactor.

The President’s Scholars scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate and credential students from each of the University’s eight academic colleges. Recipients are recognized annually by the University President at a special presentation in the fall.

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Criteria for Graduate Students:

  • Current class standing must be Graduate ONLY
  • Cumulative GPA or CPP GPA must be greater than or equal to 3.7 (at the time of applying and awarding)
  • Units taken in current semester must be greater than or equal to 1
  • Must be enrolled in at least 1 unit for both semesters during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Must have completed at least 6 GRADUATE units at Cal Poly Pomona by Spring 2020
    (If your first semester was Fall 2019 and you completed at least 6 units, then you qualify to apply. If you are new to CPP as of Spring 2020, unfortunately you do not qualify, however, please consider applying next year.)
  • Individual may only receive this scholarship once. This is a non-renewable scholarship.

Finalists will be e-mailed in late April to schedule an in-person interview with the scholarship committee.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship please email For technical questions, please contact

To begin the application process, please complete your general application first, then proceed to search this scholarship in the “Opportunities" >> "Ours” tab and click on APPLY.

President's Council, President's Scholars
Supplemental Questions
  1. The President’s Scholars Scholarship recognizes students whose experiences inside and outside qualify them as outstanding representatives of the university. In 500 words or more, please describe specific qualities of your education, interests, and/or background to date that you feel distinguish you to receive this scholarship.
  2. Please ensure you have two letters of recommendation attached to your General Application. If you would like to request separate letters specifically for this scholarship, you can request them below. References from professors (current and past) are preferred, but other academic mentors are acceptable. It is recommended that you contact your professors first before entering their contact information.
  3. You may request your second letter of recommendation below.
  4. In case we need to contact you, please provide a telephone number where you can be reached.