Our Office

The Cal Poly Scholars team is working on campus and can be reached by stopping by our office in Bldg. 52, Rm. E-25, emailing us at cpscholars@calpoly.edu, or calling, emailing, or scheduling an appointment with us via our contact information below.

Our office is open for students to gather and study Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding University Holidays).

Our Team

Use the drop-downs below to learn more about our team members!

Alexis Melville

Alexis Melville

Assistant Director


Sarah Bacio

Sarah Bacio

Program Coordinator, Year 1 and Year 2 Scholars



Schedule an appointment with Sarah

Sarah was raised on the Central Coast and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cal Poly Scholars Program. She is an alum of Humboldt State University and a first-generation college student earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography and her Master of Arts degree in Education. From these experiences and her various roles in higher education Sarah connects with the students she works with via shared experiences, empathy, and understanding. Sarah is passionate about student success and empowering students to pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals. When not enjoying work, you can find Sarah hiking, reading, or relaxing at home, with her husband, two dogs and their cat.

Christina Sholars

Christina Sholars

Program Coordinator, Years 3+ & Transfer Scholars
(805) 756-5123

Schedule an appointment with Christina

Christina was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Christina navigated higher education as a first-generation, low-income transfer student with dependents. Christina credits the support received by advisors at Cuesta College in helping her obtain her Associate’s Degrees in Business Administration and Social and Behavioral Science. She further credits the encouragement and support received by her advisors for her decision to continue her post-secondary studies. After graduating from Cuesta College, she earned a B.A. in General Studies with minors in Business and Management from Columbia College. Christina is currently pursuing her M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Poly, which was influenced by her mother’s work as a bilingual elementary school aide. When not empowering Scholar students, Christina enjoys movie nights with her kids, taking her dog for a walk, and playing competitive multiplayer video games.

Huong Le

Huong Le

Graduate Assistant


Huong was born and raised in San Jose, CA. As the oldest daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, and as a first-generation, low-income student, Huong’s experiences and challenges through her undergraduate career inspired her trajectory into student affairs. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education, she is now pursuing an MS in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs at Cal Poly. In her role as a graduate assistant, she strives to continue building community and empower students through their own educational journeys. When she isn’t in graduate student mode, Huong is watching dramas, online window shopping, or finding new recipes to perfect.

Maya Valree

Maya Val

Graduate Assistant

Maya was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She began her educational journey at Santa Monica College, which she credits for spiking her interest in higher education and student affairs. She holds Associate Degrees in Public Policy and Social and Behavioral Science from Santa Monica College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Maya is currently pursuing an M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Poly -- Go Mustangs! She attributes her extensive hospitality experience as a driving factor in her decision to learn Spanish. In her free time, Maya enjoys veganizing recipes and learning about U.S. history.

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