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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:

  1. Current of former foster youth

  2. Currently enrolled in at least 9 units

  3. 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 Therap​y (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 FullerStudent Services Specialist, (310) 434-4526, Fuller_Christina@smc.edu​

New Guardian Scholars Orientation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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.


Need help obtaining you proof of dependency? Call the Foster Care help line at 1-877-846-1602.
You may also visit Foster Youth Help for additional assistance.


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