Announcement

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Operations:

Guardian Scholars Program services are currently being offered remotely in a virtual environment with limited in-person services available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Remote services and programming will continue to be offered Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Contact Us

(714) 432-6877

guardianscholars@occ.cccd.edu

Watson Hall Rm 433

Office Hours

Mon to Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat & Sun, Closed

What is Guardian Scholars

The Guardian Scholars Program at Orange Coast College is a comprehensive campus support program for students with system affiliation (aka lived experience in the Foster Care and/or Juvenile Justice Systems, as well as those who have experienced similar barriers and challenges).

We provide specialized services and support that includes but is not limited to:

  • college on-boarding (application, financial aid, registration, etc.)
  • financial resources (textbook awards, fee payment, transportation assistance, emergency grants, etc.)
  • academic counseling (major exploration, student education plan, transfer, etc.)
  • academic advising/individualized goal setting and case management (navigating college, financial literacy/budgeting, housing, employment, etc.)
  • community connection and support

Eligibility:

  1. Resided in out-of-home placement (i.e., foster care and/or juvenile justice system) on or after 13th birthday* 
  2. Age 30 or younger at the start of the academic year in which the student applies 
  3. Enrolled (or planning to enroll) in at least one unit at Orange Coast College
*A special circumstance supplemental application is available to students that were not formally in care or were under age 13