The Guardian Scholars Program

The number of college and university programs that provide support services to former foster youth to assist them with their goals in higher education is increasing all the time. The programs vary from college to college and each may offer different support services. If you are interested in going to college, it would definitely be worthwhile to spend a little time finding out where you can find such a program to fit your needs.
One of the best known is the Guardian Scholars Program, a comprehensive program with a goal of supporting former foster youth in their efforts to gain a university, community college or trade school education. Guardian Scholars students receive:
  • Full Financial Aid Package - grants and scholarship packages cover tuition and living expenses.
  • Housing – priority for campus housing and availability of year-round housing, either on or off campus.
  • Academic Advisement – assistance with class selection & registration.
  • Employment Services, Mentoring and Career Counseling – job placement, shadowing and advising.
  • Personal Guidance, Counseling, Tutoring – regular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan.
  • Supplemental Support Services – child care, transportation help, book and supply vouchers etc. 

Click here for a list of participating schools and for more information about the program. 

SBCC Guardian Scholars—How to Enroll

  1. Enroll in SBCC: The process to enroll in SBCC is the same for any student. For a step-by- step guide, see Steps to Enrollment. These steps include filling out an online application, completing orientation and assessment, new student advising, and academic counseling.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: While applying for financial aid is the same process as for any student, special assistance is offered to students who may qualify for Guardian Scholar membership.
  3. Review Scholarship Opportunities: SBCC offers a number of scholarship opportunities. Please visit their Scholarships web page.
  4. Apply for EOPS: The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) provides academic support, financial assistance, and encouragement for  financially disadvantaged and academically underprepared students.


Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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