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Renaissance Scholars Program



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The Renaissance Scholars application is available each year starting in October. 

Step 1Apply to Fresno State; application dates October 1 - November 30 annually.

Step 2Apply to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The EOP application can be submitted electronically by going to After clicking on the “Apply Online” tab, click on the Educational Opportunity Program link and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Students who indicate on their CSU, Fresno undergraduate admission application that they are a current or former foster youth or unaccompanied youth AND complete an EOP application -- will have also simultaneously applied to the Renaissance Scholars Program. In order to complete the Renaissance Scholars Program enrollment process students will need to participate in an interview to finalize the selection process. You will be contacted to your Fresno State email to schedule the interview. 

Step 3: Complete the Renaissance Scholars Program application

All interested students must complete RSP application; click on link below. If you are a current Fresno State student OR you missed the EOP application deadline -- you must complete the Renaissance Scholars Program application to be considered for the program. RSP interviews are scheduled in April.


If you need assistance with the RSP application or to obtain legal proof of your independent status, please contact our office at 559.278.1787 or email RSP Staff at

Renaissance Scholars Program Application Timeline

Student must apply to Fresno State through CalState Apply between October 1 - November 30 deadline; student is encouraged to apply to EOP; student must apply to Renaissance Scholars Program by April 1.  RSP interviews are scheduled in April and selected students are inform in early May.

Renaissance Scholars Program is not a financial aid program.

RSP does not provide financial assistance for housing (dorms) or tuition.  RSP students can get priority for dorm selection if student applies on time for housing.  RSP does not pay for the applicaito fee nor deposit. RSP staff can contact housing on your behalf to be granted a fee waiver for the housing application deposit.  This fee is the reponsibility of the student and paid once their semester financial aid is awarded.

RSP does provide some financial support for books, education, and emergency related needs.  More information can be found in the services section of website.