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Apply to Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Program Note

Please note,  ALL NEW APPLICANTS MUST CURRENTLY BE ENROLLED IN 9th Grade and attend high school in LA County, Riverside County, or San Bernardino County.  Also, neither college nor high school credit is awarded for participation in PAYS. Incomplete and late applications will not be evaluated.

Participants will be selected by a committee of Pomona College faculty, staff and students. The selection committee will consider every part of the application and make recommendations based on academic potential.  In some cases, the selection committee will request to interview an applicant. Each year the committee admits 30 participants.

Selection Process

The dates for the 2015 selection process are as follows:

  • Application Opens: Monday, January 5, 2015
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, February 20, 2015 (complete application and supporting documents must be postmarked by this date)
  • Application Review:  February 22 – April 30, 2015 
  • Notification of Decision: Monday, May 4, 2015

Program Dates

Sunday, June 21- Friday, July 18, 2015


There is no cost for participation in PAYS. Pomona College covers all costs including housing, food, activities, and transportation to field trips. Students will only be required to bring basic school supplies, such pencil and paper. The program has been supported through a grant from the State of California Educational Facilities Authority and for the first 3 years, by The James P. Irvine Foundation.

Application Information

A complete application requires the following:

  1. Please read the PAYS application cover [pdf]
  2. PAYS Application
  3. Two Completed Essays
  4. Two Recommendation Forms
  5. High school transcript

Supporting documents (letters of recommendation, and essays, etc.) MUST be emailed, mailed, or faxed:

Draper Center for Community Partnerships
Pomona College
735 Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Email: or
Fax: 909-607-8006

If you have any questions  or to have a full paper application mailed to you,
please call or send an e-mail message: Sergio Marín or Priscila Garcia at (909) 607-1810, or