Support for Foster Youth

guardian scholars logoThe Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is an EOPS supplemental support service that 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

  • Priority Registration 
  • Grants and scholarship package that covers tuition, and fees
  • Academic advising – assistance with class selection and registration
  • Employment services, mentoring and career counseling – job placement, shadowing and advising
  • Personal guidance, counseling and mentor – regular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan
  • Supplemental support  – including textbook vouchers, meal vouchers, gas cards, transportation assistance
  • Additional resources

Become a Scholar!

By becoming a Guardian Scholar through the De Anza EOPS Program, students who are current or former foster youth get opportunities to participate in special events and activities, and develop supportive relationships with faculty, staff members and other students. Currently there are approximately 40 students in the program, and each is on their own unique path to academic and professional success.

In addition, Guardian Scholars are supported by caring and understanding EOPS faculty and staff members who empower and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Obtaining a college degree can be challenging, but with a proper support system in place, the sky is the limit for our students.

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"GSP has shown me that despite my struggles and upbringing, there's people out there who endured the same pain as I did. Those individuals were able to thrive and find their happiness in their own special way despite being a foster child or troubled youth. That alone empowers me to keep going and thrive for a better tomorrow."

– Student at the 2017 GSP End of Year Celebration

"I enjoyed everything about the event and how we were all honored for our hard work. I'm just thankful for all the support from the GSP."

– Student at the 2017 GSP End of Year Celebration


Foster Youth Success

  • What is the Foster Youth Success Initiative?

  • Who is eligible for foster youth support services?

Scholarships

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.

Check this list for more scholarships.


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How to Apply

If You're Already Enrolled at De Anza

  1. Meet with Marilyn Booye, the EOPS coordinator.
  2. Fill out the EOPS application and the supplemental Guardian Scholars Program application.
  3. Submit a foster youth verification/dependency letter to Financial Aid Office.
  4. Attend GSP orientation.
  5. Meet with an EOPS counselor at least twice per quarter.

If You Haven't Enrolled at De Anza

  1. Apply for admission as soon as you can.
  2. Meet with Marilyn Booye, the EOPS coordinator.
  3. Fill out the EOPS Application and the supplemental Guardian Scholars Program application.
  4. Submit the foster youth verification/dependency letter to Financial Aid Office.
  5. Attend GSP orientation.
  6. Enroll in current quarter.
  7. Meet with an EOPS counselor twice per quarter.

Questions?

EOPS Office Hours

  • Monday-Thursday 
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday
    8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please make an appointment at EOPS front office (lower level of the Campus Center) 


Marilyn Booye

EOPS/Guardian Scholars
Program Coordinator

Nathan Tia 

RISE Coach

Admissions and Records

Barry Johnson 
Foster Youth Ally

Financial Aid

Jacqueline DiBernardo 
Foster Youth Liason

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