Support for CAED

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Private support is essential to the growth and enhancement of the college and its departments. Opportunities abound - from student scholarships to course curriculum and materials, from professional development opportunities to sponsorship for study abroad placements and travel. The sky is the limit!

Current partnerships with individuals, foundations and corporations include-

Scholarships and Internships

Support students by providing a computer, travel funds, or supplies. Or, support someone with financial need. For a full list of the currently funded opportunities, go to CAED Scholarships and Internships.

Solar Decathlon Sponsorship

The Solar Decathlon is an international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, in which 18 teams of faculty and students design, build, and operate a solar powered residence, culminating in a showcase at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA in September 2015.

For more information on how YOU can support this program click here (or here for corporate sponsorship levels) or visit the Cal Poly Giving page to donate. 

Poly Canyon

The Poly Canyon Structural Design Laboratory is home to over twenty experimental prototypes ranging from sculptures to residential design/build projects. The college has undertaken a sustainability plan to restore the canyon structures damaged by vandalism.  This includes an active maintenance and security plan, rehabilitation and the facilitation of new student projects.

Donations made to the Poly Canyon fund will also support the long-standing Design Village competition. Visit the CAED Giving page to preserve this living legacy. 

Guest Speakers/Project Sponsors

Practicing professionals give their time and knowlege on campus to strengthen ties between the academic and career fields.

Teacher/Student Scholars

Faculty and students participate in applied research, attend professional conferences, or contribute through presenting papers.

Study Abroad

Offer the learning experience of a lifetime! Students are placed with firms across the state, nation and world, where they experience a transformational educational opportunity.

Named Studios, Labs, and Design Studios

Support a specific research agenda or the facilities and equipment that define the curriculum. Examples include the Paul and Verla Neel NRC Materials Research Lab, or any of the college's shops and experimental laboratories.

Matching Gifts

Many employers offer matching contribution to their employees' donations, making your philanthropic dollars stretch twice as far. To learn more about matching gifts, visit


If you are an Amazon customer, this service lets you make a gift toward your favorite charitable organization with your purchase -- without spending an extra dime.

To sign up, log in to your Amazon account and visit Enter Cal Poly in the search bar and then select California Polytechnic State University Foundation. 

Once you've signed up, shop at as you usually would on the main Amazon website. You'll be able to see which items qualify for a donation to Cal Poly. When you check out, Amazon will send a portion of the regular price of your qualifying purchases to Cal Poly. 


Please contact the CAED Advancement Office at 805-756-5138 to get involved or vist Cal Poly Giving to donate.

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