Student Support & Equity Programs

Renaissance Scholars

Empowering Foster Youth Through Higher Education

Launched in 2002, Renaissance Scholars (RS) is a comprehensive program dedicated to support the success of current and former foster youth attending Cal Poly Pomona in both undergraduate and graduate levels. This innovative program draws its holistic service model from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Casey Family Programs’ It’s My Life Framework for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Successful Adulthood. 

Renaissance Scholars program services include enrichment activities, workshops, mentoring, tutoring, academic advising/coaching, success seminars, access to priority registration and year-round housing, financial assistance, community building activities, and so much more.

Undergraduate students have the option to participate in the full program with specific student requirements or a drop-in option with limited access to services, referred to as RS Fostering Success Drop-in Services (FSS). Graduate students attending Cal Poly Pomona are only eligible for the RS Fostering Success Drop-in Services.  

Learn more about eligibility, benefits and how to apply! 

Student Values

We strive for excellence in everything we do. We emphasize Learning, demonstrate Resiliency, encourage and model Wellness, act with Integrity, exemplify personal and social Responsibility, and cherish Relationships with others.

RS Celebration of Excellence (COE) 2024

Save the date for the 2024 RS Celebration of Excellence (COE) that will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2024 from 12pm-2pm. 

Eligible RS students will receive more information closer to the date of the event.