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Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program

The Guardian Scholars Program aims to connect current and former foster youth with a support system to help develop the tools needed to succeed in, through, and beyond college.  AVC Guardian Scholars works to:

  • Encourage students to participate in interesting and/or beneficial activities, events, or programs

  • Support students concerning  academic, personal, mental, and/or emotional well-being

  • Provide enriching activities and create a scholarly community that supports success





Current Students-

Apply and Opt-In to the Guardian Scholars Program HERE!

Attend Orientation

New Students-

Complete the AVC Admissions Application Process at

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2024

Contact/Additional Questions: 

Ty Steans (Guardian Scholars/NextUp Project Supervisor)

Mon-Thur 8:30am-5:30pm

Fri- 7:30-11:30am

Email: or 661-722-6300 ext. 6156

NextUP Eligibility

Current or former foster youth

Enrolled in at least 9 units

Under the age of 26 at the start of the academic year

In out of home placement, dependency, or ward of the court on or after their 13th birthday

Provide proof of dependency

Eligible for EOPS

Apply for NextUp


            Make sure you have applied for Financial Aid and the Chaffee Grant

Financial Aid Counter for assistance- (Guardian Scholar Financial Aid Representative Kendra Doss)

Mon-Thurs 8am – 5pm & Fri 7:30 am – 11:30 am