If you have been admitted to UC Davis for Fall 2022 or before and currently attending UC Davis and would like to enroll in the Guardian Scholars Program, please complete the enrollment form.

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If you are applying or interested in applying to UC Davis for Fall 2023 or later and interested in being in the Guardian Scholars Program, please complete the Prospect Student Inquiry form. 

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Kelly Sheffield

Initial Eligibility Criteria

  • Must qualify for admission to UC Davis as an undergraduate student
  • Must have been placed in foster care* for at least one day between birth and 18 years old. 

Foster care placements include:

  • Placement in foster home, group home, or transitional home

  • Dependent or ward of the court

  • Legal guardianship

  • Placed with kin by the court (relatives or extended family members)

  • Unaccompanied youth

If you are unsure if your experience qualifies as "foster care", contact our staff:  guardianscholars@ucdavis.edu

Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Students:

Students in the Guardian Scholars Program must meet the below requirements in order to maintain priority registration each quarter and priority considerations for scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance that may become available to program. 

Attend at least one GSP Community Activity per quarter. 

  • Community activities are workshops, discussions, and events aimed to build community, create learning opportunities, and network with campus resources. 

Attend at least one cohort graduation pathway activity per quarter.

  • Cohort graduation pathways provides guidance, resources, recommended actions, and tasks that will help students stay on track during your journey at UC Davis. Acceptable activities include:
    • Attending a cohort meetup with other GSP students
    • Meeting with Cohort Leader to discuss and plan goals
    • Attend a campus workshop/event that align with your Cohort's Graduation Pathway

Quarterly Individual Check-In

  • Individual check-ins provide students an opportunity for academic and person reflection on progress and goal planning. 

Attend at least one "Career Readiness" activity per quarter

  • From freshman year to senior year, students in the program must fulfill ongoing requirements that help explore and plan for post-graduation goals and/or gain skills and experiences to be career ready. Approved activities will be based on a cohort basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long should I have been in foster care to qualify for this program?
  • Just 1 day in foster care qualifies you to be part of the program. All of our students have their own unique experiences in foster care and were placed for different lengths of time and at different ages. We want to honor and respect everyone’s experience because we understand that each person’s experience impacts people differently.
  • What if I was adopted or reunited with my family?
  • Experiences after foster care (e.g. remained in foster care, were adopted, were under guardianship or reunited with your family) are not factors for eligibility. 
  • Does my current age impact my eligibility?
  • No, your current age does not impact eligibility.  In fact, we appreciate that we have students from all different ages and experiences participating in the program. Our program includes students that come directly from high school, attend community college and are also reentry students (25 years or over or a student parent). 
  • Why type of benefits do I receive by participating?
  • Besides support to achieve your goals to graduate, students will also get priority registration through graduation by meeting minimum requirements each quarter. Also, we are connected to outside organizations and programs that provide some financial support to many of our students.  Only students that meet minimum requirements will receive priority consideration.
  • Is it time consuming to participate in GSP (Guardian Scholars Program)?
  • How much support and assistance a student receives is dependent on the amount of time they put into the program so it’s ultimately up to the individual student to determine how involved they want to be. Many of our students find that the more they are involved, the more support, guidance, and opportunities they get.  
  • Do I have to talk about my foster care experience?
  • No. Many students do not disclose their foster care experience to staff or to other students, but they are welcome to share their experience if and when they feel comfortable.