Orange Coast College's Guardian Scholars Program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound students who are current or former foster youth/wards of the court.

The Guardian Scholars' mission is to provide a comprehensive program that contributes to the quality and depth of the student's college experience. It serves as a resource for young adults by assisting in their development and equipping them with skills necessary to transfer to a four year university or the vocation of their choice.

Program Description

Guardian Scholars aims to be a "One Stop Shop" that provides caring and personalized assistance with educational goals and practical day-to-day needs to ensure that students take full advantage of college life both inside and outside the classroom. Services include academic advising, textbook grants, referrals to community resources, and field trips and events.



  1. Resided in out-of-home placement (i.e., foster care and/or juvenile justice system) on or after 13th birthday* 
  2. Age 30 or younger at the start of the academic year in which the student is applying 
  3. Enrolled (or planning to enroll) in at least one unit at Orange Coast College
*A special circumstance supplemental application is available to students that were not formally in care or were under age 13 

Program Benefits

  1. Priority Registration
  2. Academic Counseling
  3. Supportive Community
  4. Drop-in Center
  5. Meal Program
  6. Financial Aid Application Assistance
  7. Textbook and Materials Grants
  8. College & Health Fee Waiver
  9. Assistance finding housing and mental health services in the community
  10. Workshops designed to ensure success in college and careers
  11. Field Trips and Events
  12. Emergency Support Services
  13. And more!