Eligibility

Sac State Campus

Applications will be considered for current and future students from the following categories: 

  • Foster Youth-someone who has been in foster care, no matter the length of time
  • Dependent or ward of the court-someone who has received protection from the court and may have had a legal guardian appointed either by the court or by parental consent
  • Emancipated minor-someone who is a minor (under age 18 in CA) and is no longer under parental control.
  • Orphaned-someone whose parents or legal guardians are deceased
  • Homeless (or at-risk of being homeless)-someone who is living in a shelter, on the street, or “couch hopping”
  • Living with kin (arranged formally or informally)-someone whose care is provided by relatives or extended family member(s) due to any number of reasons

To remain eligible and active in the program, you must:

  • Meet with the Guardian Scholars Program staff at least twice per semester
  • Meet with an assigned professional mentor at least one time per month (for Freshman & Sophomores only, optional for Juniors & Seniors)
  • Participate in at least 2 campus events per semester (may be offered through other offices or the Guardian Scholars Program)
  • Allow monitoring of your student records and academic performance via progress reports facilitated by Guardian Scholars staff
  • Be responsive to communications with program staff


Guardian Scholars
is unique in that it does
not end after completion
of a bachelor's degree.
Support continues through graduate degrees, doctoral
degrees, or wherever else a student's
dream may lead.