Guardian Scholars:
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The Guardian Scholars Program at IVC

Guardian ScholarsThe Guardian Scholars program provides additional support to students who were or are in the foster care system. Qualifying students will be eligible to receive:

  • Priority registration
  • Individual academic counseling
  • One-on-one help from Guardian Scholars staff
  • Help with and priority filing for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Help applying for foster youth-specific scholarships and grants
  • Money for textbooks and other academic supplies
  • Access to additional workshops for student success
  • Personal referrals to Student Services on campus

Stop by the Guardian Scholars office to find out if you’re eligible or follow the 3-step process:

  1. Please download and fill out the application.
  2. Secure and attach your foster care verification to the application.
  3. Submitted FAFSA or Dream Act application. If eligible, applied for CHAFEE grant.
  4. Once completed, call 949- 451-5243 to schedule an appointment with Lizett Bobadilla to submit the application.

Fostering Success — Monthly Discussions for Guardian ScholarsFOSTERING SUCCESS
Join us as we gather with other current or former foster youth students in a group discussion to share issues and concerns in a safe environment. Registration required.

If you require an accommodation, please contact Disabled Students Programs and Services at least three business days prior to the event at 949-451-5630 or



Lizett Bobadilla (Contact)
EOPS/Guardian Scholars Counselor
Foster Youth Liaison

T: 949-451-5335
O: SSC 230G (inside EOPS Office)

Margie Castellanos (Contact)
EOPS Specialist

Spring 2022 Hours*

Monday - Thursday - 8 am - 7 pm
Fridays - 8 am - 5 pm

Closed on weekends and campus holidays.

*In-person availability is subject to change. Please call before coming to the office.

How do I request verification of my foster youth status?

Current: Contact your county child welfare agency or probation office for a ward of the court letter.

Former: Contact CDSS to request the verification letter by calling the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Office, toll free at 1-877-846-1602.