Student Support

Guardian Scholars Program

 Bridging the Gap for Tomorrow's Leaders


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 2022

Our office will provide academic support services remotely through Spring 2022. 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*

  • Between the ages of 18-24 (if over 25, please email

  • Have not yet attained an AA, AS, or BA

*Not yet enrolled or enrolled in less than 9 units? Please email us!

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 (when back on campus)

  • Mental Health Therapy (via Telehealth)

  • Student Success Workshops

How to Apply

Please complete the Guardian Scholars Interest Form. You will be contacted by a staff member to complete the application process. 

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

For general questions regarding the program and services, please contact us!

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Resources for Foster Youth

Need help obtaining your proof of dependency? 

Call the Foster Care helpline at (877) 846-1602.

SMC Celebrates Foster Youth Awareness Month - May 2022!

Foster Care Awareness Month Workshops and Activities - Spring 2022

Guardian Scholars Workshops and Events - Spring 2022 - General

List of Upcoming Events!

Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405