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Guardian Scholars Program

Guardian Scholars supports the holistic success of Cal State LA students who are current or former foster youth, wards of the court, or were previously under legal guardianship.

What We Do

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We provide a wide-range of services to help students get the most out of their University experiences to earn their degree.

Pre-admission Counseling

We provide pre-admission counseling through outreach and recruitment events in partnership with Los Angeles County, caregivers, service providers, and other community-based programs that support foster youth.

Comprehensive Support

Comprehensive support services include:

  • Educational counseling and academic advisement
  • Financial aid guidance
  • Priority registration
  • Book grants
  • Transportation subsidies
  • On-campus housing support
  • Career exploration workshops

On-site/Remote Coordination with LA County

Los Angeles County Independent Living Program (ILP) coordination occurs on-site and remotely. This allows ILP-eligible students to access financial resources without missing classes to meet with a social worker.

Annual Retreat

A three-day Strengths Retreat in the San Bernardino mountains with Guardian Scholars programs from other CSU campuses and West Los Angeles College. Students experience workshops and activities that promote community, a sense of belonging and high self-efficacy.  

Become a Guardian Scholar

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Guardian Scholars accepts applications year-round. Current and new Cal State LA students can apply at any time. 

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