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How to Apply



  • Current or former Foster Youth/ Ward of Court

  • Under the age of 30 at the start of the academic year

  • Resided in out-of-home placement on or after 13th birthday

*Special Circumstances Application available for students who do not meet the eligibility criteria (including those with a history of juvenile probation and/or housing insecurity)


How to Apply

  1. Complete the online Guardian Scholars Application
  2. Provide a copy of your Ward of Court Letter aka "Dependency Letter"
  3. Make an appointment with a Guardian Scholars Specialist to complete an Orientation and Welcome Meeting

Program Expectations

  • Participation in all aspects of the program
  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Continuous enrollment at Orange Coast College
  • Appropriate conduct and community behavior in accordance with Orange Coast College standards



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