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The Guardian Scholars Program at IVC

The 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.


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

T: 949-451-5335
O: SSC 260D

Margie Castellanos (Contact)
EOPS Specialist

Department Hours

Mon:​  By Appointment
​Tue: ​  9 am - 7 pm
​Wed: ​  9 am - 3 pm
​Thu:   ​9 am - 7 pm
​Fri: ​  8 am - 4 pm


Or make an appointment through the EOPS office, SSC 220, or 949-451-5243.

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.