Guardian Scholars

Guardian Scholars Program 

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The Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of resources to students who are aging out or emancipating from the foster care system 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, the program offers each scholar a network of material and emotional support, including access to on-campus year-round housing, mentoring, mental health support, and financial assistance and counseling. In addition, our Guardian Scholars join mentors and staff for family style dinners on a monthly basis, as well as several team building activities throughout the year.

Support and Services

  • Financial Aid assistance and counseling
  • Access to on-campus, year-round housing including 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 freshmen or transfer student

Dr. Tuppett Yates 951-827-4991

Program Director:

Dr. Tuppett Yates

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Director, UCR Guardian Scholars

Alyssa Heckman 951-827-6545

Program Coordinator:

Alyssa M. Heckman

Guardian Scholars / Recovery Community Coordinator

More Information

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

UCR Guardian Scholars