Counseling and Advising Center

Counseling and Advising Center


Guardian Scholars Program

About the Program

The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) assists current or former foster youth in succeeding at De Anza College. By providing students with individual attention and access to supportive resources, we hope that all of our scholars achieve academic success, graduation, employment, and the ability to become a contributing member of society. Guardian Scholars receive:

  •  Full Financial Aid Package – grants and scholarship packages that cover tuition
  • Academic Advisement – assistance with class selection and registration
  • Employment Services, Mentoring and Career Counseling – job placement, shadowing and advising
  • Personal Guidance, Counseling, Tutoring – regular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan
  •  Supplemental Support  – textbook vouchers, meal vouchers, gas cards, child care, transportation help, and more!

Stock PhotoBy becoming a Guardian Scholar at De Anza, former foster youth get the opportunity to take part in program events and activities, commitment to academic success, and develop supportive relationships with faculty, staff, and other students. Currently there are approximately 40 students that are a part of our Guardian Scholars Program, and they are each on their own unique path to academic and professional success.

In addition, Guardian Scholars are supported by caring and understanding staff members who empower and encourage them to never give up. Obtaining a college degree can be challenging, but with a proper support system in place, the sky is the limit for our students.

What is the Foster Youth Success Initiative?

The Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) was created to help current and/or former youth coming from foster care to succeed at De Anza College.

Who is eligible for Foster Youth Support Services?

You are most likely eligible for GSP if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • You are currently in foster care
  • You lived in a foster home or group home in the past
  • A judge/court had you live with a friend, relative, or someone who was not your biological parent(s)
  • You emancipated/"aged out" of the system
  • You currently live or have lived in a Transitional Living Program

You can find More information on the De Anza College Foster Youth Support Services page

The following scholarships are available specifically to current and former foster youth. Please make sure you read the requirements for each application to make sure you are qualified.

De Anza Staff Resources

Aricka Bueno,  Foster Youth Counselor, Guardian Scholars Program
buenoaricka@fhda.edu (408) 864 -

Jacqueline DiBernardo Foster Youth Liaison, Financial Aid Office
ramosjacqueline@fhda.edu (408) 864 - 8226

Barry Johnson, Foster Youth Ally, Admissions and Records Office
johnsonbarry@fhda.edu (408) 864 - 8722

Adrienne Pierre, Foster Youth Ally, Counseling
pierreadrienne@fhda.edu (408) 864 - 8784

George Robles, Foster Youth Ally, EOPS
roblesgeorge@deanza.edu (408) 864 - 8952

Office Hours: 

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Silicon Valley Children's Fund

Foster Care Outreach


Counseling and Advising Center
Building: Registration & Student Services, 2nd Floor
Phone: 408.864.5400
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Last Updated: 5/16/17