| 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:
The growing list of colleges, universities and vocational schools includes:
- Academic advisement
- Housing assistance
- Job assistance
- Financial aid assistance
- 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
- University of California, Irvine
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 toll free (866)
OCF4Kids (866-623-4543) ext. 208.
Interested in starting a Guardian Scholars
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.
Scholars Brief Program Description
For more information, please contact Bob Theemling, Orangewood's Chief Programs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 619-0208.