Guardian Scholars Program (GSP)

The Guardian Scholars program assists youth formerly in foster care.

UC Davis transfer student Yolanda Franklin is pursuing her dream of becoming a research veterinarian. Franklin is a former foster child and is participating in the Guardian Scholars program at UC Davis, which provides resources to help former foster youth succeed in college.

Why We're Here

Across the nation, approximately 400,000 children are temporarily placed in foster care because their families are unable to care for them. Over 60,000 live in California. Though 70 percent of foster youth express an interest in college, only 50 percent graduate from high school, 10 percent enroll in college, and only 2 percent graduate from college.

Youth formerly in foster care face many challenges that impede their opportunities for higher education. For foster youth who make it to post secondary education, the challenges are often insurmountable without the intervention of caring campus professionals who serve as coaches and mentors.


Guardian Scholars is a comprehensive program committed to providing services and support for former foster youth to maximize educational opportunities.  Professional staff and peer advisors, in partnership with a variety of on-campus units and external agencies, work to best meet their academic and personal needs.


GSP Student Celebration 

Please join us to recognize our 2013-2014 program achievements, honor our 29 graduating seniors, and to celebrate our program's milestone of graduating 100 former foster youth. 

Monday, june 2nd 


UC Davis 

Putah Creek Lodge

Please email Valeri Garcia at to RSVP or if you have any questions.