The Guardian Scholars Program supports current and former foster youth who are in college by providing access, maintaining a support network that promotes student academic success, and connecting students with their potential to become successful and productive world citizens.


  • Former/current foster youth
  • and/or ward of the state
  • Orphan
  • Adopted
  • Homeless
  • Kinship Care
  • Guardianship Care

“GS has connected me with communities I would’ve never explored. Glad to call this program my safe space.” – Emerald, Business Major

Benefits & Services

  • School supplies
  • Develop a system of accountability around identifying and achieving goals
  • Provide a community of belonging and opportunities to build relationships with other students in the Guardian Scholars Program
  • Share scholarship opportunities
  • Emergency Grant (up to $500)
  • Priority registration
  • Participate in the Faculty & Staff Mentoring Program
  • Personal Care Pantry
  • Computer lab with free printing
  • Skill building workshops
  • Cultural activities
  • Peer mentoring
Group picture at a graduation celebration

Support Guardian Scholars

You can help the Guardian Scholars Program fulfill its vision and mission by giving a few ways:

  • Donate new dorm warming items for incoming students (bedding, towels, organization items, laundry items, etc)
  • Monetary donations

Make a donation to support the mission of the Guardian Scholars Program by contacting our Retention Advisor, Keyiona Ritchey, kritchey@csumb, or Clarisa Avila in University Development, for these exciting opportunities!

Contact Guardian Scholars

(831) 582-5042


Student Services

Suite 120 First floor