Cabrillo College

Guardian Scholars Program

The PHYSICAL office is currently CLOSED.
We are available virtually:

Online, Phone, Email, Video, and Canvas. Please see the contact information on the left to choose what will work best for you.

Why Guardian Scholars?

Guardian Scholars is a program for students who are or have ever been in Foster Care

The Cabrillo College Guardian Scholars Program is a space on campus for highly motivated students who want to earn a degree, certificate, or prepare to transfer and are currently or have been in foster care at any point in their life. We are here to help students achieve their education goals and connect them with resources.

In The Physical Office we offer:

  • Computer Lab
  • Free Printing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Weekly Academic Counseling, Career Counseling and Student Health Visits
  • Connections to other campus services and programs.
  • Connections to community resources
  • Scholarships for qualified students when budget allows
Carrie Shevchenko
Student Services Specialist

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Find out more about Guardian Scholars

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Guardian Scholars
Meet the Staff and Faculty
Dejon Barber
Program Coordinator
(831) 479-6463
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Carrie Shevchenko
Student Support Services Assistant
(831) 479-6115
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Lauren Cole
Academic Counselor
(831) 477-5116
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Desha Staley-Raatior
Student Employment Coordinator
(831) 477-6540
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Megan Robertson LCSW
Accessibility Support Center (ASC) Counselor
(831) 477-3227
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Magdalena Serrano
Financial Aid Advisor
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Guardian Scholars Orientation

Ready to join the program?

During orientation students can expect to sign a student agreement and learn what is required to remain a guardian scholar and how to earn a scholarship. All orientations will temporarily be held virtually be scheduling an appointment with Carrie Shevchenko. Orientation will last up to an hour.

Documentation records are maintained at the county you were in foster care. You can call that county's office of child welfare department.

If you were in Foster Care in California you can contact The Ombudsman's Office : Call: 877-846-1602 E-mail: California Ombudsperson for Foster Care . This has been the fastest way students have gotten their documentation.

Please plan ahead as it can sometimes take several weeks for processing your request. If you need assistance, our office can guide you to the starting contact. If you have it you can email it to Carrie Shevchenko

To be part of the Guardian Scholars program you must be enrolled in 6 or more units for Fall or Spring. 

IF you've completed the above steps you're ready to schedule your orientation with Carrie. Please note you will need WiFi/Data Access and it works best on a computer. Schedule by emailing her directly


How to find us

6500 Soquel Ave, ROOM 1006, Aptos CA 95003