The Guardian Scholars Program supports current and former foster youth who are college 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
  • Sharing scholarship opportunities
  • Priority registration
  • Participate in the Faculty & Staff Mentoring Program
  • Personal Care Pantry
  • Computer lab with free printing
  • Skill building workshops
  • Cultural activities

A student does not have to be in Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to be a part of the Guardian Scholars Program however, we strongly encourage entering students with a foster youth background to apply to EOP while completing the CSUMB admission application. Most students are eligible and they can take advantage of the resources offered within the EOP department.

Support Guardian Scholars

You can help the Guardian Scholars Program fulfill its vision and mission through volunteering & giving. Here are a few paths to help the Guardian Scholars Program and former foster youth students:

  • Donate new dorm warming items for incoming students (bedding, towels, organization items, laundry items, etc)
  • Become a Faculty/staff mentor for our Guardian Scholar students

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