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About Us

Renaissance Scholars is a comprehensive program that enables former foster youth to attend one of the nation's finest universities and successfully complete a bachelor's degree. This innovative program draws on Cal Poly Pomona's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Casey Family Programs' it's My Life framework for transitioning foster youth.

Program Quick Facts:

  • Established: January 2002
  • Number of Scholars Currently Participating : 50 
  • Graduates to Date: 40
  • Scholars Admitted in Fall 2013: 8
  • Average Cost of Attendance: $22,745 

Our Mission

We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of non-traditional and undecided students through a broad range of high quality and services that promote access and equity, transition and educational opportunities in support of student learning and success; thus empowering them to become educated and engaged citizens who go on to lead productive and meaningful lives.

Our 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.

We should dream of and plan for a day when fewer children require foster care. But until that day comes, we have a moral responsibility to prepare young people leaving foster care for their journey into adulthood. Our communities must commit themselves to a common goal of helping these young people to become whole adults who can fulfill their potential and build bright and promising futures." 
 President Jimmy Carter, On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System