College of Science - CS - James Lebowitz Memorial Scholarship

The James Lebowitz Memorial Computer Science Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time computer science undergraduate major, with preference given to Freshmen and/or Sophomores. This scholarship of $2,500 is for students who have demonstrated scholarly merit and an engagement in the campus learning community.

James Andrew Lebowitz, 18, was a successful freshman computer science major at Cal Poly Pomona when a brain aneurysm cut short his journey. Always a giver, James saved five lives through his posthumous organ donation. You can save lives, too. Please register as an organ and tissue donor today by visiting the Donate Life California Celebrating James webpage (

James was one of only 120 students admitted to Cal Poly Pomona’s Computer Science Program in 2014 – a signal achievement for a young man who had to overcome many difficulties posed by an autism spectrum diagnosis. James loved Cal Poly, and was loved in return.

“Helping other young people much like James is a fitting honor for our son. Long after we’re gone, his name and story will live on at Cal Poly” – James’ father Paul Lebowitz

Award Period: 2022-2023


  • Computer Science Major
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Preference will be given to freshmen and sophomore standing at the time of disbursement
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 AND Minimum Major GPA of 3.0
    *Full-time enrollment at the time of disbursement
  • Good academic standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need at the time of applying. (Based on 2021-2022 FAFSA/ California Dream Act Application)
  • Membership and active participation in one or more campus organizations such as the Computer Science Society
    - The organization need not be science-oriented, but must be secular and non-partisan
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • Answer and provide all supplemental questions after completing your general application

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fang Tang, Chair & Professor, at

To begin the application process, please complete your general application first then proceed to search this scholarship in the ’Opportunities’>>’Recommended’ Tab and click on APPLY

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial).
  2. Please upload a current resume.
  3. One letter of recommendation is required- please enter the name and email address of the individual who will submit a letter on your behalf