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Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

  • Stephanie Rio
  • Assistant Director, Educational Outreach
  • (909) 607-0725

Program Description

The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls up to 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities. PAYS participants 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 are African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 96
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • Undocumented Students (1)


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Arizona State University-Tempe
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University-Channel Islands
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • California State University-San Bernardino
  • Citrus College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Connecticut College
  • Pomona College
  • Sonoma State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Miami
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College
  • Westmont College
  • Whitman College
  • Whittier College
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 100%