The Guardian Scholars program provides academic assistance.

Initial Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must qualify for admission to UC Davis as an undergraduate student
  • Must have experienced foster care anytime, for at least one day, between birth and 18 years old.

Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Students:

Students in the Guardian Scholars Program must meet the below requirements in order to maintain priority registration each quarter and priority considerations for scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance that may become available to program. 

  • Attend at least one GSP Workshop/Program Activity per quarter. 
    • These workshops provide information and opportunities related to:
      • Academic Success
      • Self Care/Personal Support
      • Financial Resource/Support
      • Community Building/Social Activity
      • Postgradaute planning
  • Attend at least one cohort meet-up per quarter.
    • Cohort meet-ups provide an opportunity for students in the same academic year to come together to discuss, learn, and share topics and issues based on their current experiences and goals. 
  • Attend an Individual Appointment with the GSP Coordinator during assigned quarters. 
    • Freshmen will meet all 3 quarters
    • All other students will meet 2 of 3 quarters (NOTE: Students are welcomed to meet more frequently than required)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I have been in foster care to qualify for this program?

Just 1 day in foster care qualifies you to be part of the program. All of our students have their own unique experiences in foster care and were placed for different lengths of time and at different ages. We want to honor and respect everyone’s experience because we understand that each person’s experience impacts people differently.

What qualifies as “foster care”?

“Foster care” for our purpose is defined by being placed in a foster home, group home, transitional home, or with a relative by the courts.  For example, a student could have been in foster care for 2 weeks at 15 years old or for 5 years starting at 2 years old. Students only need to have experienced foster care for just one day to qualify to be part of the program.

What if I was adopted or reunited with my family?

Experiences after foster care (e.g. remained in foster care, were adopted, were under guardianship or reunited with your family) are not factors for eligibility. 

Does my current age impact my eligibility?

No, your current age does not impact eligibility.  In fact, we appreciate that we have students from all different ages and experiences participating in the program. Our program includes students that come directly from high school, attend community college and are also reentry students (25 years or over or a student parent). 

Why type of benefits do I receive by participating?

Besides support to achieve your goals to graduate, students will also get priority registration through graduation by meeting minimum requirements each quarter. Also, we are connected to outside organizations and programs that provide some financial support to many of our students.  Only students that meet minimum requirements will receive priority consideration.

Is it time consuming to participate in GSP (Guardian Scholars Program)?

How much support and assistance a student receives is dependent on the amount of time they put into the program so it’s ultimately up to the individual student to determine how involved they want to be. Many of our students find that the more they are involved, the more support, guidance, and opportunities they get.  

Do I have to talk about my foster care experience?

No. Many students do not disclose their foster care experience to staff or to other students, but they are welcome to share their experience if and when they feel comfortable.