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.


In the past couple of weeks, we've had the privilege of being recipients of generous donations to support our students.  It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to provide the resources our students need to succeed at UC Davis and in life.  If you are considering an end of year gift, I ask you to consider a gift to support the Guardian Scholars Program.  With your help, the Guardian Scholars Program will continue to help former foster youth navigate that difficult journey from dependency to independence and become Aggies for Life. Thank you for impacting our student’s lives.