Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Fall Semester Priority Deadline: June 1

About the Guardian Scholars Program

The Guardian Scholars Program's (GSP) mission: 
Through advocacy, support and empowerment we create a vibrant community to engage current and former foster youth to attain college degrees, stable housing and career path employment.
The Guardian Scholars Program is a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a comprehensive program designed to support first generation, low income students through academic advising, workshops, scholarships, and tutoring.

In order to be eligible for the Guardian Scholars Program, you must apply and be admitted into the Educational Opportunity Program.

For more information on EOP, please visit 
https://eop.sfsu.edu/  or email applyeop@sfsu.edu.

Application Instructions: Please complete the online application form to apply for admission to the Guardian Scholars Program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


If you receive an error after you submit this form, please DO NOT resubmit again (we promise, we have your application). Contact us and let us know what happened instead: gsp@sfsu.edu

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Personal Information

Contact Information

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Current Academic Info



SF State Admission Information

Please provide your scores below

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Foster Care Information

Month and Year Emancipated

Month and year your foster care ended or when you expect it to end

Verification of Foster Youth Status
Please attach to your application one of the following forms of documentation:
  • Letter of Guardianship from the county
  • Proof of Dependency from the county
  • Ward of the Court" Verification Letter from the county
  • ILP/ILSP Statement/Letter of verification
  • County Statement/Letter of verification

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Financial Aid Questions

Housing Information

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Personal Statement
The personal statement is an important part of your application to the SF State Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) and you should give thoughtful consideration to your essay. We use your personal statement to learn more about you as an individual so think of a personal statement as your opportunity to introduce yourself to us. What would you like us to know about you that may be evident from a review of the rest of your application? You can share your talents, experiences, achievements and points of view.

Please tell us why you have decided to apply to GSP. How has being a current/former foster youth influenced your desire to pursue higher education? What is your motivation? You may want to write about people who have influenced you, experiences that have shaped you, difficulties or obstacles you have overcome, goals and hopes you have the future. What are your academic and career goals? Feel free to add anything else you consider important.

Regardless of what you choose to write about, your personal statement should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone. Present your ideas in a focused, thoughtful manner and support them with specific

Please provide at least two personal reference below

After you submit your application below, you will be directed to confirm and optionally print out your responses. To save a copy of your GSP Application, use the "Print this Page" link at the bottom of the last page before you confirm your submission).  

Please don't forget to log into the SF State portal to finish submitting your scores if you have not done so already.

Thank you for applying to SF State's Guardian Scholar Program and we look forward to the opportunity to working with you here at SF State.