SDSU Guardian Scholars Program




SDSU Guardian Scholars (GS) Program is a holistic support program committed to serving students who identify as current or former foster youth, wards of the court, under legal guardianship or unaccompanied homeless youth by supporting their transition to, through and beyond SDSU.

The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs (EOP) oversees the program and serves as the main resource for Guardian Scholars. EOP offers on-going services such as tutoring, mentoring, summer transitional programs, and intensive personal and academic counseling. In addition, GS offers scholarships, year-round housing award for on or off campus living, priority registration, wellness coaching, a dedicated resource area, and a team of friendly staff to offer support and connection to on campus and local resources.


SDSU Guadian Scholars Graduates


Step 1: Complete the SDSU Undergraduate Admissions Application at

    * Fill out Personal Information section completely including:
      Application Information section : must be completed if identify as Former Foster Youth, Ward of the Court, Unaccompanied Homeless.
      Parent/Guardian Information section: must be complete if identify as Guardianship (please list legal guardian as “Guardian”)

    * Application Period: October 1 - November 30

Step 2: Apply to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

    * Reply “YES” to “Do you wish to apply to the Educational Opportunity Program?"

    * Complete additional EOP questions including:

      If applicable: Are you independent of parental support?

    * Application Period: October 1 - November 30 (of each year)

    * Once completed, the SDSU GS Program will send the GS Program Prospective Student Application via email

Step 3: Submit the GS Prospective Student Application by January 15 (of each year)




View our GS Housing Award Program for Prospective Landlords here.

For more information on eligibility, SDSU Guardian Scholars, application process or resources and services provided to Guardian Scholars, contact:


Miriam Castañon
Director, EOP


Bryan Spencer, M.A.
Assistant Director, EOP




EOP Front Desk

(619) 594-6298

GS Admissions Email

Fax Number

(619) 594-4299

Office Location & Hours

San Diego State University, Student Services East 2109

Permanent Mailing Adress

The Office of Education Opportunity Programs & Ethnic Affairs
Attn: SDSU Guardian Scholars Program
Student Services East 2109
500 Campanile San Diego, CA 92182-8222

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Guardian Scholar Group Photo



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