Anonymous $12 million gift to Cal Poly Pomona

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Cal Poly Pomona is opening a big back-to-school gift. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall has more on a $12 million bequest to the school.

It’s from an anonymous donor, and it arrived just as many of the state’s public colleges and universities are cutting courses, enrollment and staff in response to state budget reductions. Cal Poly Pomona officials say they’ll use this gift to expand academic research and endow scholarships.

The school’s president, Michael Ortiz, expressed gratitude to the unknown giver and added, “now more than ever, we need support from those who believe in higher education.” On average, undergraduate student fees at Cal Poly Pomona are $4,581 – $987 higher this year than last, not counting books, housing, and other costs. As at other Cal State campuses, most administrative offices at Pomona will be closed two days a month this academic year because employees have to take unpaid days off.