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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 (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, you can pick up an application in the EOPS office, Room 238 of the Student Services Center.

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

Spring 2020 dates will be posted soon.


Monday December 16, 2019| 12PM to 2PM| Location given to enrolled foster youth via email

​Spectrum SportNet & Guardian Scholars Program

Holiday Extravaganza!

This event is for current and former foster youth who are currently enrolled at SMC.​

Check your email for the invite!


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


Guardian Scholars Program Visit Inquiry

Visit request form​

Visit Us

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