Guardian Scholars Program

Guardian Scholars Program

SF State University's Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is a comprehensive program of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in collaboration with the School of Social Work. Launched in Summer 2005, SF State Guardian Scholars Program is tailored to fit the needs of undergraduate students who are current or foster youth. The individual case management services offered through SF State Guardian Scholars Program augments EOP's current academic focus. The SF State Guardian Scholars Program partners with on-campus departments and works with off-campus social service groups to ensure a pipeline for CSU eligible youth in foster care. Each year, the program admits both first-time freshmen and transfer students. The combined partnership of SF State's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the SF State School of Social Work defines a commitment to student success and academic achievement.

 


Guardian Scholars Program Luncheon

 

Services - First Time Freshmen

  • Priority access to on-campus housing in the SF State Guardian Scholars Residential Theme Community at the Towers at Centennial Square Apartments and The Village Apartments at Centennial Square (Summer and Winter break housing scholarships available)
  • Renewable scholarship opportunities specific to SF State Guardian Scholars Program students
  • Priority registration every semester
  • EOP Summer Bridge priority and participation for first time frosh
  • SF State Guardian Scholars Program liaison and personal contacts with campus departments including: Financial Aid, Housing and Residential Services, Student Health Service, AS Early Childhood Education Center, Career Center, Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), and Student Support Services (TRiO).
  • Access to Counseling and Psychological Services appointments
  • Bi-monthly meetings with SF State Guardian Scholars Program's Case Manager
  • Mental health services and referrals for both on and off campus support
  • Peer Mentorship Program specific to SF State Guardian Scholars Program students
  • Job and internship opportunities with the SF State Guardian Scholars Program Career Leadership Pathways Program
  • Support in maintaining a close connection with Independent Living Skills Programs and county social service agencies AB12 and community resources
  • One-on-one financial aid packaging assistance specific to foster youth
  • Social, cultural support and FUN activities
  • Friendly and accessible program staff specializing in advocacy and student empowerment

 

Services - Transfer / Continuing Students

  • Priority access to on-campus housing in the Towers at Centennial Square Apartments, The Village Apartments at Centennial Square, University Park South (UPS) and University Park North (UPN)
  • Renewable scholarship opportunities specific to SF State Guardian Scholars Program students
  • Priority registration every semester
  • GSP liaison and personal contacts with campus departments including: Financial Aid, Housing and Residential Services, Student Health Service, AS Early Childhood Education Center, Career Center, Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), and Student Support Services (TRiO).
  • Access to Counseling and Psychological Services appointments
  • Bi-monthly meetings with SF State Guardian Scholars Program's Case Manager housed in the EOP office
  • Mental health services and referrals for both on and off campus support
  • Peer Mentorship Program specific to SF State Guardian Scholars Program students
  • Job and internship opportunities with SF State Guardian Scholars Program Career Leadership Pathways Program
  • Support in maintaining a close connection with Independent Living Skills Programs and county social service agencies and community resources
  • One-on-one financial aid packaging assistance specific to foster youth
  • Social, cultural support and FUN activities
  • Friendly and accessible program staff specializing in advocacy and student empowerment
  • Invitation to monthly events and workshops
  • Weekly updates and emails about scholarship, job opportunities, and resources for former foster youth