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

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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 an 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.

Food Pantry

USD's primary food pantry is expanding and has been relocated. The new pantry in Hahn UC 116 includes: food, school supplies, hygiene supplies, laundry detergent, etc. We have consolidated the pantry from the SLP and SSS offices. Additionally, we will soon have a refrigerator, to offer students fresh meats, dairy and produce. The new space also allows for a Torero Closet. The pantry is supported by Associated Students, HOST Student Organization, Mortar Board, the Torero Renaissance Program, and through community donations. If you have any requests for items you'd like to see in the pantry, or any questions about it, please feel free to contact Dr. Cynthia Avery.

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for upcoming events during the 2017-2018 academic year!