Young people find themselves in foster care due to a variety of reasons including parental loss, incarceration, substance abuse, and neglect. Only half of youth in foster care earn a high school diploma, and fewer than 10% earn a college degree. The Renaissance Scholars Program was created in 2006 to change these statistics by providing services including counseling, book purchase assistance, school supplies, and scholarships to students who have been in foster care. Program alumni have entered successful careers in business, social work, and health care. Upon graduation, our alumni continue to support other CSUEB programs as community partners, donors, and advisory board members.
The Renaissance Scholars Program has helped nearly 90 former foster youth graduate and given away over $60,000 in scholarships and emergency funding. We aim to ensure that all foster youth who enter CSUEB as undergraduates successfully complete the degree prepared for the next chapter of their lives.