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The UC Santa Barbara Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal success of students who have been part of the foster care system. Program services include academic support, enrichment services, student advocacy, career guidance, peer networking, housing assistance and financial aid advising.


2019 Guardian Scholars Graduates

Congratulations to the 2021 Guardian Scholar Graduates! 



A foundation of the UCSB Guardian Scholars Program is the belief that services or programs for foster youth should be defined by the youth themselves.

Guardian Scholar Adeola

Program Goals

  • Ensure incoming students experience a smooth transition into the UCSB community
  • Provide a network of services to enhance the educational experiences of students from matriculation through graduation
  • Establish a network of campus personnel who will assist students as they process all university business matters (Financial Aid, Housing, registration, etc.).
  • Provide academic advising that supports academic success
  • Provide leadership opportunities that enhance personal growth, career enhancement, and graduate school opportunities
  • Build a peer support network in which currently enrolled students serve as mentors to prospective students considering higher education
  • Participate in advocacy efforts both on campus and statewide to promote awareness of issues affecting foster youth.