Guardian Scholars Program
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 of former foster youth
Currently enrolled in at least 9 units
Between the ages of 17-24
Academic, Career and Transfer Counseling
Assistance with Financial Aid & CHAFEE
Community-based referrals and resources
Independent Living Program (ILP) Referrals
Student Success Workshops
HOW TO APPLY
you are interested in participating in the Guardian Scholars Program, you can pick up an application in the EOPS office, Room 104 of the Student Services complex. Or click "apply now" to open the Guardian Scholars application:
Guardian Scholars Application
VISIT US AT
Services Building , RM 104
Monica, CA 90405
Meet a Few of our Guardian Scholars Success Stories....
School of Transfer: University of California, Riverside
Coming into Guardian Scholars, I truly didn’t
know what to expect. Interestingly, one of the first connections I made was
with Debra Locke, the Guardian Scholars coordinator, who similar to my family
was also British. This small detail made all the difference in the world,
because not only did she make me feel right at home, but was also a truly
caring mentor. When I first learned how foster youth have a 3% chance of
earning a Bachelorette Degree, I wanted nothing more than to not be the 97%.
When I found out that I will be transferring with a full scholarship to
University of California, Riverside I spent the whole day crying. Therefore, my
message to anyone in foster care is to know that education is truly a chance at
a better life.
of Transfer: University of California, Davis
With the help of the Guardian Scholars Program,
especially the counselors, I was able to finish my transfer requirements within
two years! They were really supportive and they keep you on the right path. My
message to anyone in foster care is to never stop striving for more and always
ask for help when you need it because the counselors are always there. They
always have the answers and if not then they will help you find them.
Major: Liberal Arts, Social
and Behavioral Science
Guardian Scholar Scholarship (3-D scholarship fund)
The David Simon Scholarship for Osher Scholars
The Guardian Scholars program has been of great
help to me. I am very grateful for the supportive services I have received from
the Guardian Scholars program. Such services are book assistance, meal assistance,
fee reimbursement, counseling, supplies, holiday celebrations, workshops, work
study and so much more. Most importantly the Guardian Scholar program has
successfully helped me to embrace my passion of becoming a social worker.
I am very proud and honored to be a part of the Guardian Scholars program.
Therefore, I would like to encourage Guardian Scholars students to stay on
this wonderful path.