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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.

Spring 2020 Office Closure​

Our office will provide academic support services remotely through Fall 2​020. ​However, we are still available to assist you! So contact us if you have any questions!


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

Check out our events​ and resource​ page!

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the Guardian Scholars Program please complete the Interest form and a team member will get back to you soon!

Guardian Scholars Interest Form​

Current Guardian Scholars

Book your appointment by emailing us at 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".​​​

Contact Us!​​​

Guardian Scholars Program: 

Debra Locke, Guardian Scholars Coordinator, (310) 434-4449,

Christina Fuller, Student Services Specialist, (310) 434-4526,

Stephanie Hall, Guardian Scholars Counselor, (310) 434-8048,

Philip Lantz, Guardian Scholars Counselor, (310) 434-4636,

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