The Kevin T. Colaner Student Advocacy Scholarship

Since he joined Cal Poly Pomona in 2008, Kevin brought dynamic energy, creativity, leadership and a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. His leadership guided us through countless challenges, transitions, and complex situations. Knowing that we are stronger when we come together, he worked hard to build bridges with humor and authenticity. Kevin had the ability to bring out the best of us. Kevin was an incredible advocate for students and exhibited that in his numerous roles across campus. Whether dressing up as the Children’s Center Santa Claus, attending the Renaissance Scholar Thanksgiving Dinner, or assisting with finals in the Disability Resource Center, championing student success came naturally to him. Bringing his leadership to National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) at a national level, he served on the 2019 Annual Conference Leadership Committee and the Center for First Generation Student Success Advocacy Group. At Cal Poly Pomona he re-established the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, mentoring underrepresented students with first cohort of fellows completing the program in 2019. To honor his contributions to NASPA, Kevin was awarded the Region VI Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA, the equivalent to a lifetime achievement award, in October 2019.

The Kevin T. Colaner Student Advocacy Scholarship honors Dr. Kevin Colaner and to continue Kevin’s legacy and strong commitment to student success through his
mentorship and student advocacy efforts. An annual scholarship will be awarded eligible students actively who are engaged in acts of advocacy or mentoring and
who have exhibited exceptional achievement in supporting others in need.

Students from underrepresented groups (Renaissance Scholars, LGBTQ, first-generation, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

This scholarship opportunity will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year


  • Calculated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • 2.5 GPA (Cumulative or CPP) with current part or full-time enrollment
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Any undergraduate major (this includes all grade levels)
  • Registered for part or full-time course load in the semesters/terms
  • Additional question detailing advocacy, individual act of kindness or
    service to other(s)

For questions regarding this opportunity please email

Student Affairs
Supplemental Questions
  1. This scholarship was created to assist students who have enhanced the life of another student or person or an underserved community through individual acts of kindness and/or service. In 300-500 words, please describe a specific instance that you have advocated for another person or group to improve lives. Include detail on why you chose to do help and how your assistance impacted the person/group. The scholarship selection committee will choose the recipient by the answer that best exemplifies a spirit of helping another, as Kevin Colaner did throughout his lifetime and as an administrator at Cal Poly Pomona.