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.
Our office will provide academic support services remotely through Fall 2021. 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 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!
Academic, Career and Transfer Counseling
Assistance with Financial Aid & CHAFEE Applications
Community-based referrals and resources
Independent Living Program (ILP) Referrals
Transportation Assistance (when back on campus)
Mental Health Therapy (via Telehealth)
Student Success Workshops
How to Apply
To apply for the Guardian Scholars program, please complete the Interest Form. You will be contacted by a staff member to set up a welcome appointment to complete the application.
Guardian Scholars Info-Session
Learn about the Guardian Scholars program and how we may help you!
Video Recording Coming Soon!
Current Guardian Scholars
Book your appointment by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Ensure your phone number is updated in Corsair Connect by selecting "Enrollment Services" and then "Profile/Preferences".
Resources for Foster Youth
Need help obtaining your proof of dependency?
Call the Foster Care helpline at (877) 846-1602.
Guardian Scholars Workshops and Events - Fall 2021
Santa Monica College
Guardian Scholars Program
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405