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What is Guardian scholars?

Guardian Scholars is our former foster youth support services program. Coordinated by the Financial Aid Office and EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services), our mission is to support the college transition, retention and ultimate completion of the educational goals of former foster youth.  With the support of student services networks at Grossmont College, our program will help you navigate the common challenges of a college transition with the kindness, empathy and commitment you deserve from us.  Our Guardian Scholars ambassadors and program coordinators will serve as your liaisons for any academic and/or personal needs you may face while enrolled at our campus. Our many years of experience serving former foster youth along with our philosophy of self-analysis, empathy and openness to learn from our students has allowed us to assist numerous foster youth with their educational journey. We are eager to be of service to you.


         Commitment to believing in your full academic and personal potential and taking charge of your educational journey

         Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the school year you plan to start at Grossmont College and renew your FAFSA every January until you complete your goal

         Document your former foster youth status with our Financial Aid Office (proof of foster care placement at any point since you turned age 13 for whatever period of time and even if you are no longer in foster care today)

         Complete all other documents requested by our Financial Aid Department

         Meet with an academic counselor at least once per semester

         Maintain constant communication with your Guardian Scholars ambassadors and program coordinators to make us aware of your needs

         Commitment to loving yourself, being kind to yourself and believing in the possibility of reinventing your life in positive directions with the help of a college education.


         Consistent commitment from Guardian Scholars ambassadors and program coordinators with professional knowledge and experience serving the needs of former foster youth

         Assistance with the completion of all college transition related applications and matriculation steps such as:

a.       Completion of your admissions application

b.      Guidance for your assessment test and orientation

c.       Help with the completion of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

d.      Guidance for the completion of a Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW)

e.      Chafee application and award assistance

f.        Help with the search and completion of numerous Scholarship applications  

g.       Assistance with the completion of applications of various other student services programs such as EOPS, DSPS among many others

         Priority registration for foster youth that meet AB194 criteria (current foster youth or emancipated foster youth who is up to 24 years of age)

         Priority financial aid review and awards

         Connection with academic counselors to help you define your major and educational objective and for the development on your educational plan

         Personal counseling and referrals to mental health community services

         Potential on-campus employment (College Work-Study) for those who qualify

         Emergency funds (offered on a case by case basis)

         School days access to our snack bar

         Housing referrals

         Invitation to semester resource dinners intended to bring us together as a community in a relaxed and non-academic fashion

         Bi-monthly Guardian Scholars Newsletter




For more information on our program, please contact:


Nadia Almaguer

Financial Aid Assistant, Sr.
Foster Youth Liaisons
Guardian Scholars Co-Coordinator
(619) 644-7610

Brian Woolsey

EOPS Counselor
Foster Youth Liaisons
Guardian Scholars Co-Coordinator
(619) 644-7610

Andrea Garner & Anthony Griffen

Guardian Scholars Ambassadors
Foster Youth Liaisons
(619) 644-7610



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