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CSULB Guardian Scholars

The CSULB Guardian Scholars

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) hosts the Guardian Scholars, which is committed to supporting foster youth students at the university. The Network serves as the primary network for current and former foster youth to access on-campus resources across different departments throughout the university. The Network assists with retention of students by providing a support group and facilitating access to services on campus.

Our Mission
To build networks with other foster youth students, staff and faculty members, in order to strengthen the foster youth social support system at CSULB. EOP strives to facilitate discussions and encourage an understanding of foster youth needs. We create networking opportunities and thus aid the development of beneficial relationships and provide students with tools necessary to be successful holistically in a supportive college environment.

Our Network Values
We believe in the commitment in building a community in which students come first. We emphasize trust, appreciation, social interaction, wellness, and communication.
We cultivate relationships with others and demonstrate coping skills through modeling positive strategies for handling life challenges.



Eligibility requirements:

  • Current and former foster youth, students who are wards of the court, under legal guardianship or unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Matriculated at CSULB
  • Complete the CSULB EOP Guardian Scholars application
  • Considered "independent" under federal financial aid guidelines
  • California Resident
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • FAFSA financial aid application completed by the required filing date

Application Process

Complete and submit the following to the EOP Office:


2. One to two pages typed personal statement.

3. One letter of recommendation

4. A list of three accomplishments from high school or community college.

5. Copy of ward of the court documentation (Foster youth verification letter)

6. Be admitted to CSULB and complete an EOP application.

Fall 2015 Application Deadline: June 30, 2015

Spring 2016 Application Deadline: January 4, 2016


Available Network Benefits Include

  • EOP Academic Advising                         
  • Freshman or Transfer EOP Orientation
  • EOP Grant Award (if available)
  • Priority Registration
  • Counseling and Support
  • Tutoring Services
  • On-Campus Housing Assistance
  • Financial Advising & Support
  • Life Skills / Life Coaching Workshops
  • Laptop Loan
  • Summer Bridge Program (First-time freshmen only)
  • Educational and Community Enrichment Activities
  • Computer Lab



On Campus

Community Resources


Contact Information

For general program information and questions:

John Hamilton
Program Coordinator

Oneida Santana
EOP Admissions Coordinator


Guardian Scholars Address

John Hamilton Ed. D.
Program Coordinator
Guardian Scholars
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.,LA1-119
Long Beach, Ca 90804-1403

Guardian Scholars Meetings

February 4, 2016 & February 18, 2016

March 3, 2016 & March 17, 2016

April 7 , 2016 & April 21, 2016

May 5, 2016 & May 19, 2016

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. "

- Zig Ziglar