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Through the generosity of donors, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is able to offer several scholarships to chemistry students. These include:

  • The Boeing Student Scholarships
  • Reza Ehsani Memorial Scholarship
  • The Weck Family Scholarship
  • The Earl Pye Scholarship
  • The Ernest Simpson Coop Scholarship
  • The Valspar Student Development Scholarships

In addition, The Chevy Goldstein Student Research Awards are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding research accomplishments.

Boeing Chemistry Student Scholarship

Purpose: To provide scholarship assistance to Junior or Senior undergraduate students based on academic achievement, university and/or community involvement.

Amount: $1000 minimum

Criteria: Applicants must meet the following standards:

  • Full-time Chemistry and Bichemistry major with junior or senior standing during the 2013 - 2014 academic year (current year)
  • A 3.0 CPP GPA overall and in Chemistry classes
  • Good academic standing with the University
  • Resident of California or immediately adjacent state

**Special Requirement: Scholarship recipients must be willing to meet with Boeing representatives to discuss internship and career opportunities

Application / Selection Process

1. Fill out a Boeing Application form available in the Chemistry and Biochemsitry Department Office (8-333).

2. Submit a completed application by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5 pm. A completed application contains the following:

  • Boeing Application Form
  • Copy of transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Personal statement describing interests, accomplishments and plans in the field of Chemistry (one page max)
  • Letter of recommendation from a Chemistry professor who is familiar with your accomplishments/interests in chemistry (can be sent by mail to Dr. Alex or email to; letters from Valspar applications can be used to fulfill this part, please indicate if this if applicable to you)

3. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Scholarship Committee will consider completed applications and notify winners by early May.

Reza Ehsani Memorial Scholarship Awards

Reza Ehsani came to the United States from Iran in April, 1981. Typical of his approach to everything, he finished high school at an accelerated pace then began college in 1983. In 1985, he came to Cal Poly and majored in Chemistry and minored in Math. Reza developed a strong interest in chemical applications of sophisticated instrumentation that eventually led him to become involved in many research projects, culminating in a senior project devoted to the isolation and identification of natural products. Just as his academic interests were varied, so were his personal interests. Reza’s main nterests included soccer, skiing, racquetball, chess and reading, especially technical articles. Reza’s goal was to complete a PhD in Chemistry and he had been accepted to graduate school at UC Riverside. A tragic accident claimed his life before he could begin his studies. Reza is remembered by those who knew him as an open, friendly person, devoted to his family with a generous and caring personality. In hopes of preserving his memory and inspiring others, a memorial fund has been established by contributions from his family and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Proceeds from this fund will be used to support annual awards to deserving Chemistry and Biochemistry majors at Cal Poly.

Ehsani Application form

Friedrich J, and Hildegard A. Weck Scholarship Awards

The Weck Family has had a long and meaningful relationship with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Cal Poly Pomona. The roots of this relationship began in the 1970’s when the Weck’s began employing chemistry students from Cal Poly to work in their analytical laboratory located in the City of Industry. Friedrich and Hildegard Weck were well known for their sensitivity and caring attitude toward student employees. This relationship became more formalized in the early 1980’s when Dr. Ernie Simpson began placing students with Weck Laboratories through the CO-OP Program. Because of the skill and preparation of our students, the Weck’s elected to provide funding for a permanent scholarship. The Weck Family requested that some preference be given to underrepresented and Asian students showing promise in the area of analytical chemistry.

Weck Application Form

The Mario Sorci Endowed Scholarship for Chemistry

The Mario Sorci Endowed Scholarship for Chemistry was established by Mario Sorci and Karen Dundas Sorci in March 2002.  In 1971, Mario earned his degree in chemistry, and Karen earned her degree in zoology from Cal Poly Pomona.  Mario and Karen developed AES, Inc., a custom medical equipment firm, into one of the leading nationwide providers of anesthesia products.  The scholarship will be awarded annually for a minimum of $500 and supports students who are working a minimum of 22 hours per week outside of being a full-time student.

Sorci Application Form


Valspar Chemistry Student Development Scholarship

This scholarship was originally established in 1999 as the Lilly Industries, Inc. Endowed Scholarship.  In 2000, The Valspar Corporation and Lilly Industries, Inc. announced that their merger was complete.  This resulted in Lilly Industries becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Valspar.  In collaboration with Valspar, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Cal Poly Pomona updated the criteria in order to increase the number of students that are seeking careers in chemistry who would be eligible for support.  Students, either undergraduate or graduate, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and preference will be given to students who have had either Co-op or industry-related work experience.  

Valspar Application Form


Other Scholarships of interest to Chemistry and Biochemistry Students

Robert Noyce Scholarships are available to chemistry students who are interested in teaching science or math.  These awards are administered through CEMaST, please see