Guardian Scholars Program

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About This Program

Target Population: Emancipated foster youth from the State of California motivated to obtain a college education from ages 17 to 23

For children/adolescents ages: 17 – 23

Brief Description

The Guardian Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton aims to increase the percentage of college graduates from youth who were raised in the foster care system in Orange County, California, which is typically less than 3 percent. The Guardian Scholars Program was specifically designed to shape emancipated foster youth into capable, responsible citizens who contribute to society rather than become dependent on the social service system.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Guardian Scholars Program are:

  • Short-term:
    • Sustaining academic progress towards educational goals
    • Obtaining college course credit for all units attempted each semester
  • Long-term:
    • Obtaining and graduating with bachelor’s degree

Contact Information

Grace Castillo Johnson, MS
Agency/Affiliation: California State University, Fullerton, Guardian Scholars Program
Phone: (657) 278-5493
Fax: (657) 278-5499

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012