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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, May 28, 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.


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April 16, 2019

Create Your Vision Board Workshop

April 19, 2019

CSUN Resilient Scholars program visit and campus tour (sign ups deadline: April 12th)​

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.

WEDNESDAY, May 1st"Awareness" – Tabling on the Quad
Please wear blue & purple to show your support for foster youth on campus!
TUESDAY, May 7th​​ "Open House" -   Bagels and Coffee 10:00a – 2:00p   Student Services Room 104

"Foster Youth Awareness Presentation" 

- by Guardian Scholars Staff & Students
12:45 - 2:00p   HSS 105

 Learn about the issues current and former foster youth face as well as the services provided on campus and in the community.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND  "Resource Fair"  -  Library Walkway
10:30am to 1:30pm
-  Tabling, music, Info and Ice Cream
11:30a – 1:00p



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

FYSCP Updated Newsletter.pdf - National Foster Care Month Resources and Information
DCFS Immigration Newsletter.pdf - Undocumented Foster Youth - Special Immigrant Status Unit


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