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 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 104 of the Student Services complex.
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
Date to be Determined.
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.
Need help obtaining you proof of dependency? Call the Foster Care help line at 1-877-846-1602.