University of California, RiversideUCR


Office of Foster Youth Support Services   

Operated under the Office of Foster Youth Support Services, the Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of resources to students who are transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood in order to facilitate their successful pursuit of higher education. The program draws on the resources, strength, and support of our community to provide scholars (aged 16-25) with a comprehensive college experience and the opportunity to explore and realize their full potential. Staffed by a small group of committed volunteers and a full-time University-funded coordinator, the program offers each scholar a network of material and emotional support, including access to on-campus year-round housing, mentoring, mental health resources, financial assistance, and monthly social and team-building activities. In addition, the Guardian Scholars offers supplemental support services to youth who between ages 13 and 18 in the form of text book assistance, information and referrals, and quarterly check-ins.

To see if you qualify for foster youth support services at UCR, please complete this form.

Connect with Guardian Scholars before you apply! We can track your application from the beginning and explain unique circumstances (such as lower grades during placements etc.) to admissions counselors.

Support and Services

  • Financial aid assistance and counseling
  • Access to on-campus, year-round and family housing
  • Health and counseling services
  • Mentoring and student programming
  • Admission and enrollment assistance
  • Priority registration
  • Academic scholarships, book assistance and access to emergency funding


  • Youth aged 16-25 who are transferring from foster care to adulthood
  • Copy of ward of the court documentation
  • Qualify for "independent student status" under financial aid guidelines
  • Qualify for admission to UCR as a freshman or transfer student
  • Foster youth who were in foster care between the ages of 13 and 18 may be eligible for supplemental support.


Donate now

When you make a gift to the Guardian Scholar Fund, your gift does make a difference! You help create a better tomorrow for students who have "aged out" or "emancipated" from the foster care system. The impact of your gift is felt in the every day lives of our Guardian Scholars as it helps to build and maintain a multifaceted system of support for these very special students.




More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Guardian Scholars
3637 Canyon Crest Dr. #K101 Mailbox #547
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: (951) 827-6545
E-mail: Kenyon.whitman@ucr.edu