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Pomona College Receives $50,000 for Young Scholars Program

Pomona College has received a $50,000 grant for its Pomona Academy for Young Scholars (PAYS) from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. PAYS is a four-week residential, academic program for high school students from Los Angeles and the Inland Valley, who are low-income, first-generation or historically underrepresented in colleges.

Participants, who are rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, live in a dorm, learn in small classes, receive in-depth information on the college admission process and financial aid, and are mentored by current Pomona College students. Rising seniors also have the opportunity to do research with Pomona faculty. Pomona College offers the program at no cost to 90 participants. The College pays for program materials, housing, food, activities and transportation.

Founded in 2003, the program’s three classes of graduates have 100% admissions rate to some of the best four-year colleges and universities in the nation. including Pomona College, Clark Atlanta, Dartmouth, Georgetown, MIT, Pitzer, Scripps, Stanford, Swarthmore, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, and Williams.

The goal of the Pomona College program is to make a difference in the lives of students considered at risk, giving them added tools to succeed in high school and expanding their options for college. PAYS, formerly known as the Pomona College Summer Scholars Enrichment Program, was launched with funding from the James Irvine Foundation and been generously supported by the Draper family, the California Educational Facilities Authority and Pomona College.