Alumni Association - Hilda L. Solis Scholarship (Latino Alumni Chapter, Alumni Association)

The Hilda L. Solis Scholarship is named in honor of Cal Poly Pomona Alumna, Hilda L. Solis, who is the first Latina to serve as a United States Cabinet member. The Hilda L. Solis Scholarship recognizes high achieving students who help make a difference in the lives of others. Often, they are the first in their families to go to college, and have financial needs. Nevertheless, they manage to succeed academically, while finding significant ways to give back to their community.

This award is for fall 2021


  • Open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors (this includes first-time freshman/transfers admitted in fall 2020 or spring 2021)
  • Open to all majors
  • Must be a full time student in 2020-2021, 2021-2022
  • Maintain minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in 2020-2021, 2021-2022
  • Demonstrate financial need (must complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application in order to determine need)
  • California resident
  • Answer and provide all supplemental questions after completing your general application
  • Submit a one-page statement outlining your educational major, educational goals and how this scholarship will assist your educational achievements.

Awards each year are based on the student’s general application and supplemental responses, consisting of academic and co-curricular excellence, and essay content. Letters of recommendation not required, but recommended.

Should you have any questions, please contact Samantha Chow at, in the Office of Alumni and External Relations.

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.

Alumni Assoc.
Supplemental Questions
  1. In no more than 500 words, please describe your academic and career goals, your contributions to the Latina/o community and how you will continue to contribute to the Latina/o community. Please discuss any other relevant information that you feel the selection committee should take into consideration when assessing your application, including disadvantages or hardships that you have overcome, professional achievements worthy of mention, etc
  2. Enter the name and email address of the person who will be providing ONE Letter of Recommendation on your behalf. (If you are providing the name and email of a current CPP faculty or staff member, please provide their CPP email address)
  3. Submit a one-page statement outlining how your educational major, educational goals and how this scholarship will assist your educational achievements.