Endowment created in honor of George Ramos, former Cal Poly journalism professor

George Ramos
George Ramos

The Cal Poly journalism department has established an endowment in honor of former professor George Ramos, who died in July.

The George Ramos Cal Poly Journalism Endowment will support student scholarships and program development.

The department also hopes to appoint an endowment chair to support the education of future journalists.

“George educated journalists to understand and practice the importance and value of the free press,” said Harvey Levenson, interim chairman of the journalism department. “He practiced and taught the virtues of objective reporting that people of all walks of life could understand. A Latino, he had a particular affinity for the Latino community, working to create opportunities for members of that community to enter the field of journalism.”

A nationally recognized journalist, Ramos reported for the Los Angeles Times for 20 years and won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in giving Southern California Latinos a voice.

Contributions to The George Ramos Cal Poly Journalism Endowment will be shared equally between student and program development. All contributors will be recognized on a plaque to be permanently displayed in the journalism department building.

To make a contribution, call the Cal Poly Fund at 756-6648 or go to http://tribne.ws/ramosdonation.