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Renaissance Scholars

Empowering former foster youth through higher education

Launched in 2002, Cal Poly Pomona's Renaissance Scholars is an academic support program located in the Division of Student Affairs that empowers former foster youth through higher education. Renaissance Scholars are exceptional students who have access to a broad range of services and support.

The purpose is to provide former foster youth with educational experiences and a nurturing environment that can afford them the opportunity to obtain a college degree. The program meets the needs of students by providing workshops, mentoring, tutoring, academic advising, seminar classes, year-round housing, financial assistance, and community building activities. RS graduates are successful due to the comprehensive support structure, have earned advanced degrees, have become educators, counselors, social workers, business owners, and productive and engaged citizens.

Since 2002, Renaissance Scholars has grown from 10 students to currently serve a cohort of a max of 50 students throughout the year. Students are former foster youth that were in the system between the ages of 16 and 18, therefore, meeting the minimum eligibility for this program. RS assists youth in redefining who they are, breaking the cycle of abuse or poverty, and transforming their future. The participant demographics reflect the campus’ strong commitment to diversity. Nationally, less between 1% and 11% of all former foster youth will attend and graduate from college. RS is helping to repair that dismal statistic. Currently, the RS graduation rate is about 50%. RS students are beating the odds by investing in themselves and attending college.

Fall 2015 Scholars: Bri, Cat, Brandon, Felixa, Flor, Raynel, Reynaldo, Victoria

Congratulations and Welcome to the RS Family!

To Apply

To apply for admission to the Renaissance Scholars program, prospective first-time freshmen or transfer students must complete and submit the online undergraduate CSU application and EOP online application at Complete the RS Application and submit by Jan 31st, 2016.  In addition to these forms, all applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2.

Once an RS applicant’s file is complete, it will be carefully reviewed by the RS Admissions Committee. The committee will not consider an applicant unless documents and forms required by the University’s Admissions Office have been received and the applicant’s file is complete. Applicants may be required to come to campus for a personal interview; if an interview is required the student will be notified.

After an applicant’s file has been reviewed and a decision has been reached, an offer of acceptance will be emailed to applicants who have been recommended for program acceptance.