Your contributions support the Cal Poly Rodeo Program and Team with scholarships and capital improvements to help continue Cal Poly’s great western tradition! Please scroll down to read about the different scholarships and improvements you can contribute towards.
Jim Usher Memorial Scholarship
Jim Usher attended Cal Poly from 1989 to 1995, and the rodeo program was an integral part of his years spent there. During those years, he worked to improve the rodeo grounds, participated in the rodeo production program, and competed for the team. While Jim was the 1994 West Coast Region Steer Wrestling Champion and a 2x CNFR qualifier in steer wrestling, he also competed in tie-down roping and team roping. But it is his commitment to the rodeo program that will forever live in our hearts. This scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits the same dedication to the continuation and enhancement of the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.
Farquer Tie-Down Scholarship
The Farquer Tie-Down Scholarship reflects and honoring the successful rodeo careers and exceptional education that Colton and Caden Farquer received from Cal Poly. They want the rodeo students to see that being in the Cal Poly program helps prepare you for the arena of life and builds character. Being a good rodeo athlete for Cal Poly isn’t enough, you need to grow into a good person while helping others become one as well.
Manfred and Jean Sander Scholarship
Manfred Sander was a member of the Cal Poly Rodeo Team in the late 1940’s. At that time the team competed over the Western United States. After graduating from Cal Poly, he has constantly given back to the Cal Poly Rodeo Program. When we needed to give the arena a face lift he was front and center with his paint brush, when there were financial issues and the possibility of losing the program he was the go to person who always had his checkbook open and ready to donate. Because of their years and years of dedication and support the new Cal Poly Rodeo Arena has appropriately been named the Manfred and Jean Sander Arena. Therefore, it is most appropriate to establish this scholarship in both of their names. Thank you for donating to this scholarship and helping a deserving student continue the Sander’s Legacy.
Karl Giacomini Memorial Scholarship
A member of the Cal Poly Rodeo team in the 1990s Karl is remembered as being an All-Around great friend and hardworker. Always ready to lend a hand around the rodeo grounds he spent countless hours mending pens and working the arena. This scholarship is awarded to the student who exemplifies Karl’s hard working attitude inside and outside of the arena.
John McDonald Memorial Scholarship
John McDonald was part of Cal Poly Rodeo in the 1970s and was a member of the last Cal Poly National Men’s Championship Team. His rodeo talent led him to work both ends of the arena, and this scholarship is awarded each year to a student who does the same.
Smooth Mouth Memorial Scholarship
Over the years, the Smooth Mouth group has lost a number of classmates, and so in memory of those who have gone before, they have set up a memorial scholarship fund to be used by the rodeo coach to help recruit a deserving student who will complement the rodeo team with their athletic talent and be a good representative of the university.
General Scholarship Fund
The General Scholarship Fund awards up to 8 scholarships each year to Cal Poly Rodeo Student Athletes to assist with their tuition, books, and all rodeo needs.
Going up and down the rodeo road isn’t for the faint of heart. Neither is being a rodeo student athlete. Helping contribute to keep their focus on their studies and representing the program to the best of their ability goes a long way.
Current Facility Improvements Projects
- We are well on our way to finalizing the design and planning process for the new “Arena Lighting” campaign. This will provide better lighting for the early morning and late evening practice sessions. Donate now to help get the Cal Poly Rodeo students more efficient arena lighting!
Booster Projects Completed
- 2020 – Hay Barn & Livestock Cover
- 2016 – Donated materials and efforts to redesign and reconstruct the roping chute, lead up and roping back pens
- 2017 – With the elbow grease of many volunteers and Coast Pipe, the new stalls are up and running. Between the existing stalls we fixed in the fall of 2015 and the new ones we built over the summer of 2017 there are 113 stalls in full operation
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