Our Mission: Empowering foster youth to succeed at CU-Boulder

Guardian Scholars is a unique program within the University’s TRiO Student Support Services Program that specifically meets the needs of CU-Boulder students who experienced foster care. The program serves as a resource for students, assisting in their personal and academic development and strengthening their skills and connecting them to resources necessary to become successful graduates of the University of Colorado.

To fulfill our mission, the Guardian Scholars Program provides:

  • Comprehensive and holistic student support services

  • Assistance to students in identifying and reducing barriers to graduation from CU

  • Attention to addressing immediate needs integral for college success  

  • Preparation for graduate school, professional school, or immediate entry into the work force

Our comprehensive and holistic services and support:

  • Academic coaching and guidance
  • Access to courses that fulfill major and graduation requirements
  • Academic skills workshops
  • Tutoring
  • Walk-in academic support in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Economics, and Writing
  • Graduate or professional school preparation

  • Individualized guidance and support from caring staff
  • Access to year-round housing while enrolled
  • Assistance with transitional housing plan development
  • Assistance in the areas of relationships, health and wellness, and identity development
  • Financial literacy
  • Career development and preparation

      • Community and civic engagement opportunities
      • Peer mentor skill building
      • Annual retreat, community building activities, social and cultural events

      • Integration in the Student Academic Success Center
      • Connection to CU-LEAD Alliance Programs
      • Encouragement to engage in student organizations and campus life

        • Scholarships
        • Assistance with completion of FAFSA
        • Scholarship search help
        • Employment opportunities
        • Emergency or family fund