What is the Guardian Scholars Program?
The Los Angeles Pierce College Guardian Scholars Program is designed as a one-stop center to support current and former foster youth achieve their educational goals to either complete a Certificate, Associates Degree or Transfer to a University.
- Be a current or former foster youth (former foster youths were dependents or wards of the court at any time after age 13)
- Admitted to Los Angeles Pierce College as a regular student
- Complete a Guardian Scholars application packet and submit to the Financial Aid Office
- Attend a Guardian Scholars Program Orientation
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Application
- Apply for the Chafee Grant, if applicable
The Guardian Scholars Program provides the following services:
- Designated Guardian Scholars staff in the Los Angeles Pierce College Financial Aid Office
- Assist with the College Admissions Application
- Designated Guardian Scholars Counselors to develop an educational plan. Schedule a counseling appointment online.
- Assistance in completing the Financial Aid & Chafee applications
- Determine eligibility for the CAFYES program
- Referral to other support services such as Special Services, Tutoring, Bookstore and Transfer Center
- Life skills workshops including transfer process, budgeting/money management, health and employment readiness
We encourage that you visit the Financial Aid webpage to learn about the financial aid programs available, eligibility requirements and the financial aid process.
Benefits for being active in the Guardian Scholars Program:
- Connect with John Burton Foundation to assist foster youths with the following resources:
- Book loaner program
- Backpack with books and supplies
- Critical needs fund
- Access to the Food Pantry
- Graduation cap and gown
- University tours
- California Ombudsman for Foster Care ensures that the voice of foster children and youth is heard and act on their behalf. Help Line (877) 846-1602.
- Independent Living Program for current or former foster youth/probation youth which provides important information and resources regarding ILP/Transitional Coordinators, housing, education, living skills, employment and legal assistance.
- The Alliance for Children's Rights
- iFoster: Life-changing resources for children and youth
- California College Pathways helping California's foster youth access higher education and reach their educational goals
- John Burton Foundation
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