Cal Poly Humboldt has a strong sense of community, and the many donors who help support our efforts are an important part of that community.

To ensure students continue receiving the highest-quality education possible, we recommend three key areas where donors can make the greatest impact:

  • Field-based learning, which is critical in preparing students for their careers by taking education beyond the classroom where they can apply their learning in a real-world setting. Examples of field-based learning include Geology Field Camp and excursions on Humboldt’s research vessel, the Coral Sea.
  • Student research, which is a valuable experience for students pursuing competitive jobs and post-graduate programs in the sciences. There are several ways, such as covering travel and equipment expenses, in which donors can help.
  • Scholarships, which, based on need or a combination of other criteria, support students with financial resources to pursue their dreams.

With your support in these key areas, our students will have the experiences they need to learn, grow, and help create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Whether it is special learning opportunities like field trips or community service, access to new technologies, labs, or improved facilities, donors like you have the power to enrich the student experience at Cal Poly Humboldt.


Alumni can earmark their gifts and donations for specific purposes.

In the Humboldt Fisheries Biology Department, we have three principal areas where gifts and donations can be earmarked:

Fisheries Trust Account

This is a general purpose and very flexible account that an be used for many different purposes.  Example uses include: purchase of new equipment for student and faculty use (e.g., new computers for laboratories or data projectors for classrooms); support for air travel and lodging for visiting speakers; augment support to interview applicants for new faculty or staff positions; development of professional signage for interpretive displays in the Wildlife and Fisheries Building (e.g., for our beautiful new Native American lamprey basket); host combined Fisheries & Wildlife BBQ events each semester; develop plaques in honor of retired Humboldt Fisheries faculty.

Fisheries Founding Faculty Scholarship Fund

Creation of this account was prompted by the passing of John DeWitt, one of the founding faculty in our Fisheries Biology program. Other faculty whom we consider to be among our founders include George Allen, Ernie Salo, Hortense Lanphier, and Richard Ridenhour. Donation to this fund provides an opportunity to honor these individuals. Funds can be used to support undergraduate or graduate scholarships of about $1,000 each, may be earmarked in honor of particular founding faculty.

James Joseph Awards

James Joseph was Humboldt’s first MS graduate in the Fisheries Option (George Allen served as his advisor).  He went on to get a PhD in Fisheries from University of Washington and then served for many years as the Director of the International Tropical Tuna Commission in La Jolla, California. Donations to this award fund can help attract outstanding students to the graduate program (preference given to marine emphasis) in Fisheries Biology at Humboldt.  Awards are usually $5,000-7,500/year for two years.

To learn more about giving call (707) 826-5200.

Once at the giving form please enter Fisheries Department in the comments box. This will ensure that we receive your gift.