Cal Poly Pomona receives $42M gift from Kellogg Foundation

POMONA — A $42 million gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will allow Cal Poly Pomona to expand educational opportunities for under-represented community members, the university announced today.

"The Kellogg Foundation has been a remarkable benefactor for Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU,'' Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. "This gift will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of countless students, and we are extremely grateful that they have chosen us for this unprecedented showing of generosity.''

According to the university, the funds will be used to provide educational opportunities for under-represented communities, including first-generation college students, veterans and emancipated foster youth.

"This will be transformational," Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz said. "With these resources we will be able to change lives and contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the region.''

Cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg had a winter home in the 1920s on land that is now the northern edge of the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

The largest previous gift to a CSU campus was $40 million, which was given by PepsiCo in 2000 to the Save Mart Center at Fresno State, according to the university.