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Pomona College High School Academy Accepting Applications Until February 27

The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) is now accepting applications from local 9th-grade students for its year-long college prep program. The academically intensive program is geared toward highly motivated, low-income, first-generation or historically underrepresented students who will have completed ninth grade by June 2012 and live in Los Angeles and the Inland Valley. There is no cost to attend this program.

For high school students, PAYS provides an opportunity to get an inside look at college life, studying with faculty and college students at one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges. During the month-long on-campus summer session, students live on campus Sunday-Friday, supervised by their college mentors. The PAYS program also provides year-long college advising, an SAT prep program, bilingual financial aid workshops and college application assistance.  Another important aspect of the program is developing a peer group striving for success in four-year institutions of higher education.

For 2012, the on-campus portion of PAYS will run from June 24 to July 20. Students attend classes and workshops Monday through Friday, with a curriculum that focuses on math, critical thinking and writing skills. Students are also introduced to other college subjects, by choosing electives. They also learn about the college admissions process and financial aid. Pomona students, serving as teaching assistants, will work with the scholars in daily tutorial sessions.

Students who participate in PAYS following their ninth-grade year and maintain their grades in high school are invited to return to the program for the following two summers for advanced courses, workshops, hands-on research with college faculty and additional mentoring.

Approximately 180 high school students have graduated from PAYS, and all were accepted to four-year competitive colleges and/or universities. PAYS alumni attend or have attended Pomona, Harvard, Yale, Amherst, Bates, Grinnell, Harvey Mudd, NYU, Pitzer, Princeton, Scripps, Stanford, Swarthmore, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, University of Miami, University of Michigan, USC, Vassar, Wellesley andWilliams, among other colleges and universities.

For summer 2012, PAYS will accept over 30 current ninth-graders. Applications must be received by February 27, 2012. To be eligible for admission, ninth-grade candidates must be committed to academic excellence. Preference will be given to ninth graders who have completed geometry.

All candidates must complete an application form and provide two letters of recommendation, a high school transcript and two essays of no more than 500 words each. The application also includes two teacher recommendations and a high school transcript.  Admission will be based on the candidate’s academic achievement to date.

There is no cost to attend the program. All costs for program materials, enrichment activities, housing, meals and field trips are covered. Students are only required to bring basic school supplies. The program has been supported by the State of California Educational Facilities Authority, the Draper Family Foundation, Kathryne Beynon Foundation, Northrup Grumman, Parsons Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The James P. Irvine Foundation, Andy Bogen ’63, and Scott Green ’88 and Karen Green.

For more information and application forms, students visit www.draper.pomona.edu and click the link for PAYS or contact the Pomona College Draper Center for Community Partnerships at (909) 607-1810 or drapercenter@pomona.edu.