Our Community

About Us, Renaissance Scholars

Who We Serve

The Renaissance Program works with those who have been forced to be independent at a young age. Examples of students who may find community with us include, but are not limited to:

  • Current/Former Foster Youth
  • Homelessness Prior to UCSC
  • Formerly incarcerated and those with incarcerated family members.
  • Toxic, Violent and/or Unsafe Home Environment
  • Ward of the Court
  • Emancipated minor
  • Orphan

Description of System Impacted:

System impacted by mass incarceration, imprisonment, and/or detention in any way, and at any time in your life. This could be you, the student, and/or your family members. Family members may be broadly defined as key support people.

Description of Toxic, Violent and/or Unsafe Home Environment:

Parental figure or guardian inflicts neglect, abandonment, physical abuse, emotional abuse or trauma. They may engage in toxic behaviors related to drug use and alcoholism, and/or severe mental health disorders.


If your experiences are not listed, but believe you might be eligible for the Renaissance Program, reach out and contact us to connect at renschol@ucsc.edu

Renissance Scholars Interest Form 2022-2023


Renaissance Scholars Interest Form