Answered By: Shannon Hammock
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2020     Views: 5

The Guardian Scholars (GS) program at RCC is passionate and committed to supporting the educational journey of current and former foster youth on our campus. It is our mission to provide students with the resources and tools that they need to be successful at the college level, while understanding and addressing the unique challenges that foster youth face. Our goal is to keep students engaged and actively involved in their education, and their community. Helping them to realize that completing a post-secondary educational option is a step in the right direction to becoming self-sufficient, and an opportunity to provide a solid foundation for their future.
We are excited to offer a program that invites this exceptional group of students to not only attend classes at RCC, but to develop a personal connection with RCC staff and faculty, as well as other students. By helping to create an environment of inclusion, students will experience a sense of community and accountability. It is our hope that these students will thoroughly enjoy their time here at RCC, discovering who they are and building relationships that will last a lifetime.

RCC’s Guardian Scholars program is a part the Riverside Area Multi-Campus Network (MCN) supporting foster youth on the Riverside City College (RCC), Moreno Valley College (MVC), and University of California, Riverside (UCR), campuses. This collaboration seeks to promote the transfer of information and resources to support our students across all campuses. Through a generous grant provided by the Pritzker Foundation, and RCC Student Equity funding, our campuses can offer our guardian scholar students the opportunity to participate in training workshops on campus, and attend several off campus events throughout the year.
Program Eligibility
  • Between the ages of 18 - 25 years old.
  • Been in foster care any time after the age of 13.
  • Submit the GS application to the Foster Youth Specialist
  • Submit your Dependency Verification Letter (also known as Ward of the Court Letter)
  • Be a current or prospective RCC student

For more information and to submit applications come visit us!
Office Location: Digital Library Room 112.
Foster Youth Specialist: Jeremy Johnson
Contact Us:


-  Guardian Scholars Engagement Center: 951-222-8878
-  Jeremy Johnson: 951-222-8251

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