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Contact the Office of Foster Youth Support Services for assistance

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. Support and Services.

Kenyon Lee Whitman, MA 


Kenyon Lee Whitman
Program Director
UCR Guardian Scholars

(951) 827-6545

Tuppett M. Yates, PhD 


Dr. Tuppett Yates
Professor of Psychology 
& Executive Director UCR Guardian Scholars. 

(951) 827-4991