Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS)

PAYS 2019 1

PAYS Seniors, Jilder Garcia '19 and Alina Mercado '19, presenting their summer research to Professor of Philosophy, Peter Thielke.

PAYS 2017 2

Hailey Howard, Melvin Valle, Stephanie Valenzuela, and Erica Marin (PAYS Class of 2019) sharing laughs during our Photo Day.

PAYS 2019 3

PAYS Community Theatre performing at our 2019 PAYS Closing Ceremony.

PAYS 2018 4

PAYS Juniors, Destiny '19 and Alina '19, and PAYS alumna & TA, Eileen Ahn (PO' 21) engaging in an icebreaker.

PAYS 2019 5

PAYS Sophomore, Inisi Tuitupou '22, solving a math problem during her math session with Professor of Mathematics, Gabe Chandler.

UPDATE: Vaccination for COVID-19 is central to our public safety efforts. All students, faculty, and staff of Pomona College must be vaccinated for COVID-19 (including Booster), this includes PAYS scholars as we will live on campus during the summer experience and participate in year-round activities.


The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls over 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities.  PAYS scholars engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year.  PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education—students who are first in their family to attend college; from low income families; and from African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.