Cabrillo College

Guardian Scholars Program

About Guardian Scholars

The Cabrillo College Guardian Scholars Program is a support program 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 educational goals and connect them with resources. NextUp expands support services to students who have been in the foster care system. Foster youth are eligible for Guardian Scholars and NextUp. Foster care dependency must be verified.

Guardian Scholars eligibility:

  • Enrolled in 6+ units

  • Foster care dependency verification

NextUp eligibility:

  • Current or former foster youth, who was in care on or after their 13th birthday

  • Be under the age of 25 at the commencement of the academic year in which the student first enrolls in the program

  • California resident or AB540 eligible

  • Enrolled in at least 9 units OR enrolled in fewer than 9 units but with an educational plan designed to move students toward subsequent enrollment in at least 9 units

Services we offer:

  • Communal center/lounge

  • Holistic case management

  • Book voucher

  • Snack pantry

  • Computer lab

  • Free Printing

  • Academic counseling

  • Financial aid counseling

  • Connection to other campus services and programs

  • Connections to community resources

  • Scholarships

Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator
Program Specialist, Guardian Scholars
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Prospective Guardian Scholars
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Steps to join the program

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

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

If you've completed the above steps you're ready to schedule your orientation with Carrie. Orientation will take place online or in person in room 1006. Schedule by emailing Carrie directly

During orientation students will complete the application, sign a student agreement, learn about program resources, and what is required to remain in the program.


We are located below the Library in room 1006

Library Location
Room 1006 6500 Soquel Ave Aptos, CA 95003
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Guardian Scholars
Meet the Guardian Scholars Support Staff
Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator
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Program Specialist, Guardian Scholars
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Financial Aid Advisor
(831) 479-6557
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