The Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal goals of current and former foster youth attending Santa Monica College. Our goal is to support, connect and increase academic awareness and achievement as students embark on their journey within higher education.
A student is eligible for Guardian Scholars if he/she meets the following criteria:
Current or former foster youth
Currently enrolled in at least 9 units (Not yet enrolled? Stop by our office for assistance).
Between the ages of 18-24
Academic, Career and Transfer Counseling
Assistance with Financial Aid & CHAFEE Applications
Community-based referrals and resources
Independent Living Program (ILP) Referrals
Mental Health Therapy (on-site therapist)
Student Success Workshops
How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in the Guardian Scholars Program, you can pick up an application in the EOPS office, Room 238 of the Student Services Center.
For more information or questions, contact:
Debra Locke, Guardian Scholars Coordinator, (310) 434-4449, Locke_Debra@smc.edu
Christina Fuller, Student Services Specialist, (310) 434-4526, Fuller_Christina@smc.edu
New Guardian Scholars Orientation
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 11AM to 12:45PM - SSC 222
Students must complete an intake form (in person at the EOPS office) and attend an intake appointment.
Orientation is mandatory for new Guardian Scholars students. Call us at (310) 434-4491 if you have questions.
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Need help obtaining your proof of dependency? Call the Foster Care helpline at (877) 846-1602.
You may also visit Foster Youth Help for additional assistance.
CHAFEE grant application
Guardian Scholars Program Visit Inquiry
Visit request form
Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
Student Services Center (SSC) 2nd Floor, Room 238: Map
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405