Guardian Scholars Program

The Guardian Scholars Program is committed to the success of current or former foster youth. We provide a support system to help our students complete a certificate program, obtain an A.A. Degree, or transfer to a four-year institution. The program connects student with resources based on individual goals and needs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current or former foster youth
  • Under the age of 24
  • Attending Merced College
  • Motivated for success

Enhanced Services for Program Participants

  • Admissions and enrollment assistance
  • Financial Aid counseling
  • Academic advising
  • Career guidance
  • Assistance with the navigation of campus resources
  • Referrals to on and off campus services
  • Tutoring
  • Social Support
  • Registration priority
  • EOPS year round enrollment

Contact Us

The Guardian Scholars Program is located in the Financial Aid Office on the 3rd floor of the Lesher Student Services Building. For more information or questions, feel free to stop by and see us or contact us at the numbers below.

Marysol Contreras
Financial Aid Advisor
(209) 386-6621