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How to Apply



  • Current or former Foster Youth/ Ward of Court (including Juvenile Justice System)

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

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

  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in at least 1 unit at OCC

*A special circumstance supplemental application is available to students that were not formally in care or were under age 13 


How to Apply

  1. Complete the online Guardian Scholars Application
  2. Provide a copy of your Ward of Court/Dependency Verification Letter
  3. Make an appointment with a Guardian Scholars Specialist to complete a New Student 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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