Our Office

Our office is open for students to gather and study Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding University Holidays).

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, calling our office at (805) 756-5103.

You may also reach out to a specific individual by calling, emailing, or scheduling an appointment via our contact information below.


Our Team

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

Alexis Melville

Alexis Melville

Assistant Director



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.

Deb PetersonDeb Peterson

Program Analyst
(805) 756-5191


Deb was raised in the Midwest (Minnesota). She was a first-generation college student and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Bemidji State University. She went on to obtain a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The support she received from friends, family and institutions was critical to her success. With this educational background, Deb taught undergraduate students for 23 years and served as the interim Campus Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for 5 years at Bemidji State University. Work in these positions provided her with valuable knowledge of student needs and experiences, and the pride, joys and struggles of first- generation students. The research and data analysis experience obtained in these positions is valuable in her current job as the data analyst for the Cal Poly Scholars Program. When not at work, Deb loves to read, ride her electric bike, go for walks and hikes, and sample the cuisine of the Central Coast.

Ana Garcia Ana Garcia

Administrative Coordinator
(805) 756-5136


Ana was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles, CA. She is a first-generation, and low-income college student that earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts. Her passion for education and student support stems from her own experiences and challenges navigating higher education. Ana has over 10 years working experience in arts education, administration and student support. Most recently, as a Site and Outreach Coordinator at Ryman Arts, she supported a program, community outreach and young artists in their pursuit of a higher art education. In her free time, Ana enjoys baking, walking her dog at the beach and camping trips with her partner.


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