Guardian Scholars Program (GSP)

The Guardian Scholars program assists youth formerly in foster care.

Katie Guglielmino graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2013.  She is currently in her 2nd year as a medical student at UCLA.

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 committed to providing services and support to meet the needs of former foster youth in their transition, retention, and post-graduate planning.  We strive to maximize educational opportunities and university experiences through our comprehensive programs and holistic advising to help students achieve their academic and personal goals. 


Friends of the Guardian Scholars is a new initiative that allows volunteers and community members to support Guardian Scholars through professional development, mentorship
and financial support.