Cal Poly has established an endowment in honor of printing industry icon Raymond J. Prince, an advocate of education and industry growth who died in May.

The endowment, the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Communication Future Leader Program, will award annual scholarships to graphic communication students who demonstrated academic achievement and the potential to succeed in graphic communication. The endowment will also support program advancement, including laboratory and professional development.

Harvey R. Levenson, Cal Poly professor emeritus and former head of the university’s Graphic Communication Department, aims to reach the first $30,000 as soon as possible to award two $15,000 scholarships paid over four to five years, and then raise an additional $70,000 to help endow future Ray Prince scholarships. Levenson personally pledged the first $15,000 to cover the first scholarship.

Prince, a 61-year printing industry veteran, consultant, and advisor, died on May 1. He was 76. Along with holding a number of industry jobs, he served as a vice president of the National Association for Printing Leadership.