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Guardian Scholars Program
The Guardian Scholars Program started in 1998 at California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) with three students. It was created through a cooperative effort of the University, Orangewood Children’s Foundation and Ron Davis, a member of the CSUF Advancement Board and Orangewood board member at the time.

The Guardian Scholars Program is a comprehensive program that supports former foster youth in their efforts to gain a university, community college or trade school education. The program leverages the expertise and resources of the private sector and public agencies to achieve significant synergies to support students effectively and cost-efficiently. Academic institutions, Orangewood Children's Foundation, public agencies and private citizens create a powerful team dedicated to assisting deserving foster youth in achieving their dreams of an education, realizing true independence and reaching their full potential.

Guardian Scholars students receive:
  • Academic advisement
  • Housing assistance
  • Job assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Mentoring
The growing list of colleges, universities and vocational schools includes:
  • American Career College
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Chapman University
  • Concordia University
  • Cypress College
  • Fullerton College
  • Golden West College
  • Hope International University
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Saddleback College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • Taller San Jose
  • UCLA
  • University of California, Irvine
  • USC

Interest in the program has expanded beyond Orange County borders, and there are now partner schools throughout California and in several other states.

How to apply:
Youth must apply and be accepted to one of the many Guardian Scholar partner institutions before they are eligible to become Guardian Scholar students.

To receive an Orangewood Children's Trust Fund Scholarship of up to $5,000 per year at a Guardian Scholar school, the youth must have been an Orange County dependent. Please be advised that other funders may have additional requirements.

To learn more about the program, please call 714-619-0208.

Interested in starting a Guardian Scholars Program?
If you are an educational institution or support organization interested in starting your own Guardian Scholars Program, please review the details of the program in the links below.

» Guardian Scholars Brief Program Description

For more information, please contact Bob Theemling, Orangewood's Chief Programs Officer at btheemling@orangewoodfoundation.org or (714) 619-0208.

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