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 or 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
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.
May is Foster Youth Awareness Month
A time to recognize our former and current foster youth, foster parents, caregivers and all who contribute to the welfare of our foster youth. SMC currently has about 300 students who have self-identified as having been in foster care, with many more who have not self-identified. Please take the time to honor them all, by bringing awareness to the needs as well as major achievements of one of our most vulnerable, yet resilient student populations here at Santa Monica College.
"Awareness" – Tabling on the Quad
Wednesday, May 1
Please wear blue & purple to show your support for foster youth on campus!
Learn more about "Awareness" on Facebook.
Tuesday, May 7
Bagels and Coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Services Room 104
Learn more about the "Open House" on Facebook.
"Foster Youth Awareness Presentation"
Wednesday, May 15
12:00 to 1:45 p.m. Media 104 (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Learn more about the "Foster Youth Awareness Presentation" on Facebook.
Learn about the issues current and former foster youth face as well as the services provided on campus and in the community by Guardian Scholars Staff & Students.
Wednesday, May 22
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Learn more about the "Resource Fair" on Facebook.
Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, May 29
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tabling, music, Info, and Ice Cream
Learn more about the Ice Cream Social on Facebook.
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 Complex, Room104
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405