Torero Renaissance Scholars

The mission of the Torero Renaissance Scholars (TRS) is to provide support and resources to the students at the University of San Diego who identify as former foster youth, homeless (or at risk for homelessness), students who were emancipated minors or in legal guardianships.


The purpose of TRS is to help students reach their potential through the promotion of a culture of scholarship, leadership, and success for these students. This culture would be developed through intentionally designed services, providing a network of support and by connecting students to tutoring and other academic support services. Programs would be geared toward enhancing TR Scholars’ resilience, self-advocacy, engagement on campus, leadership development and overall well-being: academically, physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally.


  • Monthly luncheons with other foster students and staff
  • Mentoring
  • Support for year-round housing assistance
  • Support finding, and maintaining scholarships
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Help finding work-study positions
  • Supplemental Academic counseling
  • Registration and enrollment assistance

How to Enroll

You must first apply directly to USD and be admitted as a first-year or transfer student. TRS is primarily a support program for students who are admitted to and choose to attend USD; TRS is not a pre-college or direct admission program.

To apply to USD, you need to fill out the Common Application and other required materials by the required deadline.

Once students have applied, TRS members are identified through their financial aid application and must fill out a enrollment form. We welcome all students who have experience in the foster care system, regardless of the length of their case or their current living situation. TRS also welcomes students who at any point have been wards of the court, emancipated minors, homeless, or in kinship care. If you are a current USD student who has not been contacted by our program and believe you might be eligible please contact us.

Upcoming Events

Click here to see a list of spring 2017 events!

Contact Information

Torero Renaissance Scholars
UC 232
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4588
Fax: (619) 260-4610

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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