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Competitive Grants to Support Learn by Doing

Baker and Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker Endowment for Excellence in Project-Based Learning and the Robert D. Koob Endowment for Student Success support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups at Cal Poly. Because of their similar purpose, distributions of the two endowments will be pooled and used to fund multiple student projects via a competitive process that utilizes a single application.

Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, student support, student and faculty travel, student and faculty expenses associated with participation in student research, group projects, conferences, competitions, and equipment and materials related to student research.

The use of funds is not restricted to a specific major or college, but rather is intended to support multi-disciplinary, cross-college collaborative Learn by Doing activities. In addition, the Koob Endowment seeks to support students with financial need.

How To Apply

The application process for the 2021-2022 Baker/Koob grants will open this fall. Please email with any questions.

Critical Documents

For your information, older RFP and forms appear below.

Student teams looking for accounting, finance or marketing expertise for their projects may contact Associate Professor Li Dang for matching with appropriate business students.

Warren J. BakerEndowment for Excellence in Project-Based Learning


Dr. Baker was named to the role of university president of Cal Poly in 1979, the youngest campus president in California State University history. He served with distinction in that role until his retirement, July 31, 2010.

Robert  D. KoobEndowment for Student Success


Dr. Koob served as Cal Poly's senior vice president and vice president for Academic Affairs from 1990 to 1995 and as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs again from 2008 until his retirement in 2012.

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