Employees Receive Scholarships

Employees Receive Scholarships
Amelia Hammond Scholarship recipients Nora Babinski, Timothy He, Marla Williams and Rita Haerr stand with President Michael Ortiz (center).

Amelia Hammond/Staff Council Scholarships were awarded to four staff members on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  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.

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 were:

  • Nora Babinski, who is a student services professional in the department of Mathematics & Statistics, is pursuing a master's degree in English with an option in teaching English as a Second Language. She has been on the Cal Poly Pomona campus for 11 years.                 
  • Rita Haerr, who is an administrative budget coordinator for the Division of Instructional & Information Technology, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Management & Human Resources. She has been on the Cal Poly Pomona campus for six years.                 
  • Timothy He, an equipment systems specialist for the University Library, is working toward a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. He plans to graduate in the spring and has been on campus for eight years.                 
  • Marla Williams, who is an administrative assistant in the Office of Judicial Affairs, is working toward a bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition & Food Science with an option in Dietetics. Her goal is to become a Registered Dietician. She has been on campus for eight years.