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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:

  1. Current of former foster youth

  2. Currently enrolled in 12 units

  3. Between the ages of 17-24


  • Academic Counseling

  • Priority Enrollment

  • Assistance with course enrollment

  • Assistance with Financial Aid & CHAFEE

  • Tutoring

  • Community-based referrals and resources

  • Independent Living Program (ILP) Referrals, i.e. housing and medical aid

  • Meal Assistance

  • Career and Employment Assistance

  • Mental Health Referrals

  • Network Building

  • Student Success Workshops

  • Transportation Assistance​


To locate your ILP Coordinator:

Call (877) MYILP-411 OR online at

Child Protection Hotline:

(800) 540-4000

Alliance for Children’s Rights                     

(213) 368-6010       

Department of Public Social Service (DPSS)

(877) 597-4777

College Pathways

Medi-Cal Health Insurance benefits:     

(626) 569-2968

California Fostering Connections:   

Office of Foster Care Ombudsman:       

(877) 846-1602


If you are interested in participating in SMC’s Guardian Scholar’s Program, please call the Program Coordinator at (310) 434-4449 or the Program Counselor at (310) 434-4491.  You can also find information about the program on Facebook (go to, or stop by the EOPS/CARE office and learn more about how we can help make your educational experience at Santa Monica College a more successful one.


Santa Monica College

Guardian Scholars

Student Services Building , RM 104

1900 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 434-4491