Fresno State

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(EOP) Educational Opportunity Program

Fresno State has been offering a quality education with many advanced degrees to a diverse population of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students for 100 years. One of many programs that serve the diverse student population is the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Fresno State. EOP was established 45 years ago and was designed to provide access and support services to first-generation and economically disadvantaged students who demonstrate the potential to succeed at the university.

Renaissance Scholars Program at Fresno State

Renaissance Scholars Program launched fall 2008 with an inaugural class of 30 students. RSP is a comprehensive support program under the auspice of EOP. The purpose of RSP is to serve students who have experience foster care or unaccompanied youth pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Fresno State. RSP creates a strong network of support by partnering with various campus departments and community agencies to provide a wide range of services to help meet students’ academic, personal, and financial needs.

The purpose of the program is to provide these students with resources, support, and a nurturing educational environment that fosters growth and the ability to obtain a college degree. Renaissance Scholars have access to a wide-range of services to help meet their academic, personal, and financial needs throughout their university experience.

  • Provide a one-stop shop, which offers services and referrals for foster youth, orphan, and other independent youth attending Fresno State.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with a dedicated staff committed to developing meaningful relationships while offering guidance throughout college.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with academic support to help students reach their academic goals and graduate with a college degree.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with social support by engaging students in activities, which increase their sense of belonging and develop personal growth.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with postgraduate/career development skills and activities that cultivate professional growth and lead to successful careers.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with activities that foster independent living skills and develop students into self-sufficient adults.

  • Provide Renaissance Scholars with activities that develop leadership skills and encourage students to take an active role in the community.

Contact us at:

Fresno State Renaissance Scholars Program(RSP)

John Lor
EOP Assistant Director

Ofelia Gamez
RSP Coordinator