Foster Youth Specific Support Services

Support programs are available for current and former foster youth who want to achieve a college education. Programs vary by campus. Please refer to the resources section to find learn more and for contact information.

Community Colleges

FYSI (Foster Youth Success Initiative): Every community college has a designated individual to assist foster youth with services. They are usually located in the Financial Aid or EOPS offices.

Local CSUs

  • Guardian Scholars – San Francisco State
  • Renaissance Scholars – Cal State East Bay
  • Connect, Motivate, Educate (CME) San Jose State

Local UCs

  • UC Berkeley – Residential and Student Service Programs
  • UC Davis – EOP Program
  • UC Santa Cruz – Smith Renaissance Society

Online Resources

There are many online resources available to learn about how to successfully get to college. These are some that we have found to be useful and can assist with the process.

General College Planning Information

Foster Youth Specific College Information

College Reviews

California Community Colleges

California State Universities

University of California

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Financial Aid


Foster Youth Scholarships

Local Scholarship Information

Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Click on “Apply for a Scholarship”

Contact your Independent Living/Aftercare Programs for assistance.

San Mateo County ILP/Aftercare Program

Stella Chau
Post Secondary Education Services (while in foster care)
(650) 802-3330

Debra Pomeroy
Education Services (after foster care)
(650) 802-3329

Tim Quinn
Aftercare Case Worker
(650) 465-6592

Marion Liberona
ILP Coordinator
(650) 802-3325

Dorothy Torres
LP/Aftercare Supervisor
(650) 802-5055