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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

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, 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

Wear Blue for Foster Care AwarenessA 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.

"Open House"

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.

"Resource Fair"

Wednesday, May 22
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Library Walkway
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


Visit Us

Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
Student Services Complex, Room104
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4491