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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.  ​

We invite you to make a donation to the 
Guardian Scholars Program!

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 age 17+​ (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

Office Hours 

​Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.​

For additional information, please contact Rosemary Touyanou, Guardian Scholars Coordinator at  Tel:  714-628-4709 or visit the office in A-212. ​​