Employees Receive Amelia Hammond Staff Council Scholarship Award

Employees Receive Amelia Hammond Staff Council Scholarship Award
The 2003 Amelia Hammond Staff Council Scholarship Award recipients are Lita Patel, April McKettrick, Rachel Dominguez and Isabel Sam.

Four staff members, including Lita Patel, Rachel Dominguez, April McKettrick and Isabel Sam, were honored with an Amelia Hammond Staff Council Scholarship Award on Sept. 17. Each recipient received $300 to assist them in pursuing their educational goals.

Amelia Hammond was a Cal Poly Pomona staff employee from 1962-1980. She served on Staff Council and founded the scholarship program in 1978 for staff employees pursuing higher education. Each year, Staff Council raises scholarship funds through the Staff Council Valentine's Day drawing. Hammond died in June 2003, and the awards were carried on in her memory.

Only Cal Poly Pomona staff members who have been employed at least half time for a year or more are eligible for the scholarship. Recipients must use the funds for career development or personal job improvement education that is not covered by release time or fee waiver programs. Courses may be taken at community colleges, colleges, universities or technical schools.

This year?s scholarship award recipients include:

  • Lita Patel, administrative support coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, who plans to obtain a bachelor?s in Business Administration and seek a management position at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Rachel Dominguez, administrative operations analyst, College Reading Skills Program, who would like to earn a bachelor?s in Sociology and obtain a social work position dealing with community outreach programs.
  • April McKettrick, media production specialist, Instructional & Information Technology, who is working toward a bachelor?s in Art with an emphasis in graphic design and a master?s in Education with an emphasis in educational multimedia at Cal Poly Pomona. She plans to use her degree to obtain a teaching position in photography, multimedia and instructional design.
  • Isabel Sam, administrative assistant, Registrar?s Office, whose goal is to earn bachelor?s and master?s degrees in Sociology and Public Administration and seek a position in management.