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About Us, Renaissance Scholars

Who We Serve

Located within Services for Transfer and re-entry Students (STARS), the Renaissance Scholars Program is committed to fostering the professional, academic and personal development of *former and current foster youth, formerly incarcerated students, students who experienced chronic homelessness prior to the age of 18, and other students with adverse circumstances that qualify them for independent status. Examples of students who may find community with us include, but are not limited to:

  • *Current/Former Foster Youth*
  • Homelessness Prior to 18 years old
  • Formerly incarcerated and those with incarcerated family members

Description of Current and Former Foster Youth

In foster care, no matter the length of time or age at the time of care, including in and out-of-home placements. Foster care or out-of-home placements include: Foster home, Group home, Transitional home (THPP, THP+FC, or THP+), Legal guardianship, Kinship care, Ward of the Court, Probation Youth, and AB 12 recipients. 


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.

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 

Renaissance Scholars Interest Form 2022-2023

Renaissance Scholars Interest Form