Prospective Scholars

Welcome Prospective Scholars!


Applications for 2021-2022 are CLOSED- App.Timeline was  October 1, 2020 - January 15, 2021

"I had never been given the chance to connect the dots of my existence, to see the shape and the course of my life, to observe for myself how everything had happened had its reason, its lesson. To talk was liberation from the prison of silence, from the burden of my own secrets."  Antwone Fisher, Finding Fish


Become a Scholar

By joining the community of foster youth in Renaissance Scholars, you get the opportunity to connect with a support system that will help and encourage you throughout your journey at Cal Poly Pomona. Becoming a Renaissance Scholar student means fully participating in a two-way partnership, to assist you in successfully meeting academic, personal and professional goals, which will support your overall success as a Cal Poly Pomona student, as well as a Renaissance Scholar and EOP student.  

Through active participation in program events and activities, committing to your academic success, and developing supportive relationships with faculty, staff, and other students, you will be equipped with the tools you need to reach your academic and personal life potential.


Program Benefits 

  • Financial Assistance
  • Access to On-Campus Housing (year-round)
  • Priority Registration
  • Summer Bridge
  • Transfer Bridge
  • Renaissance Scholars Seminars (Life Skills and Transition)
  • Academic Advising
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Tutorial Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Basic Health Care Services & Education
  • Student Activities (Fall Kick-Off Retreat, Winter Retreat, Celebration of Excellence, etc.)
    • Leadership Development and Educational Enrichment Opportunities (Community Service & Financial Literacy Workshops, etc.)

Program Eligibility Requirements:

The Renaissance Scholars program admits only potential Scholars who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be a current or former foster youth
  • Qualify currently as an independent student under federal financial aid guidelines
  • Demonstrate high personal motivation 
  • Demonstrate academic potential to succeed in college (all students must be admitted to Cal Poly Pomona to continue in RS Application Process)

Application Process: 

Potential foster youth students interested in the Renaissance Scholars program must submit the following items to the proper areas by the deadlines listed to have a complete application package for consideration:

  • Must apply & qualify for admissions to Cal Poly Pomona as a freshman OR transfer student (Deadline – December 15th)
  • Must apply & qualify for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) This application is found with in Cal State Apply 
  • Must apply and qualify for the Renaissance Scholars program (Deadline – January 15th)
  • Must apply for FAFSA by the Priority Deadline of March 2nd & qualify as an “independent” student under federal financial aid guidelines

 (**NOTE: If applicants were adopted or re-united with Biological Family as a minor (before 18 years old) they may not be eligible for our CPP Renaissance Scholars program.**)

For more information about Renaissance Scholars program eligibility or the application process please contact the Renaissance Scholars staff, Makeda Bostic at