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Promise Scholars Foster Youth Support Program

“…we have a moral responsibility to prepare young people leaving foster care for their journey into adulthood. Our communities must commit themselves to a common goal of helping these young people to become whole adults who can fulfill their potential and build bright and promising futures."
 Former President Jimmy Carter


Promise Scholars is committed to the success of students who are or were in foster care to complete their educational goals. Promise Scholars offers a sense of community by providing academic, financial, social, and spiritual support and a place where students can flourish 

Eligibility and Application

Any student attending Fresno Pacific University who is currently or has been in foster care or identifies as an unaccompanied homeless youth and/or other independent youth (as verified by Student Financial Services) may be eligible. If you would like to apply to be part of the Promise Scholars community and get regular communication about our scholarships, services, and events, simply complete this short application.

Program Benefits

  • Dedicated program and campus staff
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Academic advising
  • Access to emergency funds
  • Program events & activities
  • Access to year-round housing & food
  • Referrals to campus & community resources
  • Access to counseling services 

Support Team

Promise Scholars has a team to support your educational journey while at Fresno Pacific University. Your support team consists of liaisons across all campuses who are ready to assist you with a wide range of services. Please feel free to reach out to any of the Promise Scholars support team with questions or concerns. We are here to help you succeed!

All Campuses

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Cyinna Drotos – Program Coordinator

Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Mariah Cushing, Ph.D. - Staff Mentor

*Former Foster Youth
Program Director, Lilly Pathways &
Admin Assist to the Dean/VP of Seminary

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Kizzy Lopez, Ed.D. - Faculty Mentor

*Former Foster Youth
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Main Campus

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Marcela Gonzalez – Financial Aid

Student Financial Services Advisor


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Brianna Martinez – Academic Success

Student Success & Equity Specialist


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Taylor Starks – Spiritual Formation & Sunbird Food Pantry

Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation


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Aubree Wright – Career Development

Career Counselor

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Maddie Saephan – Career Development

Career Counselor

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Savannah Richey – Counseling

Coordinator of University Service, On-site Counseling Center


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Tyjuan Gibson – On-campus Housing

Director of Residence Life & Housing

Regional Campuses


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Jared McCoy

Assistant Director for Operations, Visalia


North Fresno

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Leonard Abbott

Assistant Director for Operations, North Fresno



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Salvador Mejia

Assistant Director for Operations, Outreach, & Recruitment, Merced



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Misty Garcia

Assistant Director for Operations, Outreach, & Recruitment


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Angelica Garcia-Maldonado

Operations, Outreach, & Recruitment Specialist


Campus Resources

Scholarships and Financial Assistance for College

Other Resources