|The university?s retired Chief of Police Kimberly Plater and Officer Don Kingwill present a $500 scholarship to Melissa McDermott and LaShanna Jones, both behavioral sciences majors.|
The College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences recently awarded for the first time the Chief Kimberly A. Plater Endowed Scholarship to two students who have made exemplary efforts in campus involvement and community service projects.
Melissa McDermott and LaShanna Jones, both senior behavioral sciences majors, each received a $500 scholarship on July 24, during a luncheon at Marie Calendar?s in Covina.
“These two young women are absolutely wonderful,” says Plater, the university?s retired chief of police, who presented the awards.
The endowed scholarship was established in winter 2002 in honor of Plater's 12 years of service to Cal Poly Pomona. Plater retired in summer 2002, and asked that donations be made to a scholarship in lieu of any gifts.
“The students were a part of everything I ever did at Cal Poly Pomona, and when I left, I just wanted to make sure that I could give back to the young people who supported the police department and the university,” says Plater.
At present, there is approximately $10,000 in the endowment. A minimum amount of $500 will be awarded annually, based on the availability of earnings on the principal amount accrued during the previous year.
Scholarship applicants must be full-time students in CLASS with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. All applicants must submit a one-page statement that demonstrates how obtaining the scholarship will help the student attain his/her personal and professional goals. The statement must also include the applicant?s involvement in community service and/or campus involvement. Recipients were chosen by a committee made up of representatives from Police & Parking Services and CLASS.
“The focus of this scholarship is to recognize students who are volunteering in the community,” says Plater. “I?ve been a volunteer my whole life, starting out as a Brownie, and I learned as a very small child the importance of giving back to the community.”
Plater was inspired years ago to start Covina?s Volunteer in Police program where community members volunteer at the department. Since retiring from Cal Poly Pomona, she continues to be actively involved in the United Way and the Covina Women?s Club.
To contribute to the Chief Kimberly A. Plater Endowed Scholarship, contact Lisa Nashua, director of development for CLASS, at (909) 869-6848.