About Us

Guardian Scholars is a unique program within the Academic Excellence Program at CU Boulder that specifically meets the needs of CU Boulder foster-care alumni. Guardian Scholars serves as a resource for Scholars assisting in their personal and academic development and equipping them with the skills and resources necessary to become successful graduates of CU Boulder.

Launched in 2008, the Guardian Scholars program at the University of Colorado Boulder is an academic support and scholarship program serving former foster youth now enrolled as undergraduates at CU Boulder.  First started as a result of the University’s former first lady, Valerie Peterson (and former foster parent) casually meeting Ron Davis (founder of the Guardian Scholar Collegate Program movement), the program began attracting support of many across the university community.  Four students were identified and their education funded within the first year of the program inception.  The program’s first home was within the admissions office and after two years, found its way into the Academic Excellence Program under the guidance of Valerie Embry who developed a program model and current working structure.

The Guardian Scholars Program provides:

  • Annual Scholarships
  • One-to-one counseling opportunities
  • Friendly and informal biweekly meetings with the program coordinator
  • Mentoring
  • Financial aid application assistance
  • Financial literacy training
  • Year round availability to on-campus housing
  • Orientation to CU-Boulder
  • On-campus student employment opportunities
  • Monthly meetings and events for scholars and program supporters
  • Community service and outreach opportunities
  • Assistance with off-campus jobs in career field
  • Post-graduation career planning and assistance