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Guardian Scholars

Guardian Scholars is a program committed to supporting ambitious, college bound students exiting the foster care system.  What makes this program such a rewarding experience is the personal attention paid to each student and people involved.  The program is integral to the success of the student, and is designed to provide a level of support and networking that is critically needed for this special population, to ensure that full advantage is taken of college life, both inside and outside the classroom.  

Program benefits include:
  • Assistance in completing college entrance forms
  • New Student Orientation
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid application assistance
  • Assistance in finding on-campus jobs
  • Workshops designed to ensure success in college and careers
  • Friendship and support
  • Bus passes
  • School supplies
  • Book assistance
  • Special activities and luncheons
Program goals:
  • Provide support both in and out the classroom
  • Ensure academic success 
  • Provide support services that encourage active participation in college life
  • Career development skills for post-graduation success
Eligibility Requirements
​The Guardian Scholars Program is seeking applications who meet the following criteria:
  • Former foster youth between the ages of 17-25 (or who are legally emancipated, if still a minor)
  • Must be currently or have been a ward of the court foster youth
Requirements to Maintain Eligibility
To remain eligible for the program, the recipient must:
  • Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA or higher to receive the book loan
  • Maintain continuous enrollment
  • Fully participate in all aspects of the program (meetings, events, etc.)
  • Be receptive to staff monitoring academic performance and college records
  • Abide by all college standards for appropriate conduct and community behavior
Application Requirements
Submit a complete application package including:
  • ​Guardian Scholar intake documents
  • Copy of Ward of the Court documentation or a completed copy of the Dependency Override form
For additional information, please contact Maria Hernandez Figueroa at 714-628-4709, email​ or visit the office in A-206. ​