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Guardian Scholars Program

 Bridging the Gap for Tomorrow's Leaders

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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.

Fall 2022

Our office will provide academic support services remotely and in person during the Fall 2022 semester.  So contact us if you have any questions!

Eligibility

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 Guardianscholars@smc.edu)

  • 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. Attend a Welcome Session.

You will be contacted by a staff member to complete the application process. 

Current Guardian Scholars

Book your appointment by emailing us at guardianscholars@smc.edu 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.

Fall 2022 Guardian scholars Workshops

Date and Time

RSVP link or Location

Skills for College Success (Zoom)

Join us for a workshop dedicated to exploring skills that will
contribute to your success in college!

Audience: Current Guardian Scholars, EOPS, CARE, Dream, CalWORKs, Pico Partnership, and Rising students

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Email Guardianscholars@smc.edu for the recording!

Financial Aid - Paying for College! (Zoom)

Join us for a session hosted by the Financial Aid office. Topics to
include: FAFSA & CADAA applications, Bank Mobile, Financial Aid
Appeals and more!

 

Audience: Current Guardian Scholars, EOPS, CARE, Dream, CalWORKs, Pico Partnership, and Rising students

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP Here

Cooking & Mindfulness (Zoom)

Join us for a workshop all about food and mindfulness! You'll see some
quick and easy recipes come together as well as learn some methods
to practice mindfulness.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Please RSVP Here

Selecting a Major (Zoom)

Join us for a presentation from the Career Services Center at
SMC! Selecting a major is a huge decision. Learn more about the
resources that can help you make an informed decision.

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2022

11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Please RSVP Here

Self-Care Workshop (Virtual/Zoom)

Join us for a workshop that explores the importance of selfcare and the various practices you can implement in your
daily routines!

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 2022

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Please RSVP Here

Self-Care Workshop (in-person)

Join us for a workshop that explores the importance of selfcare and the various practices you can implement in your
daily routines!

Monday, Nov. 21st, 2022

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: SSC 291

Guardian Scholars Virtual Office

List of Upcoming Events!

Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-434-4491