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.
The purpose of the program 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.
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.
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.
Fostering Success Michigan is a statewide initiative that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline."Make a Donation