Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- March 2, 2000

Harold Frank of Santa Barbara Donates $500,000 For Cal Poly Engineering Scholarship Endowment

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Harold R. Frank of Santa Barbara has given $500,000 to fund scholarships for Cal Poly engineering students. It is the third-largest cash gift Cal Poly's College of Engineering has ever received.

The Harold R. Frank Scholarship, available to all engineering students, this year will award $25,000 to five students in financial need.

"I had to work my way through two years of college without any financial support," Frank said, "so I am very interested in creating scholarships for deserving students."

After graduating from Washington State University in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering, he started his own company, which became a leading manufacturer of magnetic recording heads primarily for computers.

"I was very pleased with the employees I recruited from Cal Poly's College of Engineering," he said, "and my son also had a wonderful educational experience at Cal Poly. Now, I want to help even more engineering students by making this additional gift."

In 1972 Frank established what was originally called the Harold R. Frank Applied Magnetics Corp. Scholarship. His son James graduated from Cal Poly in 1973 with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

For information on making donations to Cal Poly's College of Engineering, contact Dan McGee, director of major gifts for the college, at (805) 756-7314 or

For information about creating an endowment for the benefit of Cal Poly, contact Mike McCall, director of Planned Giving and Endowments, at (805) 756-7125 or

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