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Book your appointment by emailing us at guardianscholars@smc.edu or leave a voice message at 310-434-4491. You may also book your appointment online.​

To schedule an academic counseling appointment online, complete the following steps:

1.    Log in to Corsair Connect.

2.    On the main page, scroll down to SMC Quick Links on the left-hand side.

3.    Click on Book a Counseling Appointment.

Be sure to select "Guardian Scholars" from the "program information" drop-down menu to obtain a list of available appointments. Continuing students can book an appointment up to one week in advance online.

Once an appointment is booked, you will receive a confirmation sent to your SMC student email address.

  • Mark your appointment in your personal calendar to remind you to be available during this time.
  • Ensure your phone number is updated in Corsair Connect by selecting "Enrollment Services" and then "Profile/Preferences".​

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.

Spring 2020 Office Closure

Students may contact us via email at Guardianscholars@smc.edu.


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

Program Services

  • Academic, Career and Transfer Counseling

  • Priority Enrollment

  • Assistance with Financial Aid & CHAFEE Applications

  • Tutoring

  • Community-based referrals and resources

  • Independent Living Program (ILP) Referrals

  • Meal Assistance

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Mental Health Therapy (on-site therapist)

  • Student Success Workshops

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the Guardian Scholars Program please email us at Guardianscholars@smc.edu. ​​

Contact Us!​​​

Guardian Scholars Program: Guardianscholars@smc.edu 

Debra Locke, Guardian Scholars Coordinator, (310) 434-4449, Locke_Debra@smc.edu

Christina Fuller, Student Services Specialist, (310) 434-4526, Fuller_Christina@smc.edu

Stephanie Hall, Guardian Scholars Counselor, (310) 434-8048, Hall_Stephanie@smc.edu

Philip Lantz, Guardian Scholars Counselor, (310) 434-4636, Lantz_Philip@smc.edu


Food Bank Resource Guide.pdf

COVID-19 Los Angeles Mass Resource List (non-editable).pdf

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

Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
Student Services Center (SSC)​ 2nd Floor, Room 238​: PDF FileMap​​​ 
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4491