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Guardian Scholars Program Eligibility and Requirements Information
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Thank you for your interest in the Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars program! Guardian Scholars scholarships will be awarded to San Diego County current or former foster youth pursuing higher education. You can use the scholarship for a vocational or training program, community college, or a 4-year University, inside or outside of San Diego.

It is recommended that you complete the application in one sitting.  If you do not have your essay or documentation ready, please complete as much of the application as you can and then click on the "save my progress and resume later" link located at the top and the bottom of the form. You will be asked to enter your email address and select a password. Once an email and password are provided, a link will be sent to your email. Clicking on the email link and providing the correct password will allow you to access and resume work on your previously saved application.

Required Documentation
    • Online Application
    • Ward of the Court Documentation
    • Transcripts
Program Requirements
    • On your 18th birthday, you (will be) OR (were) a San Diego County Foster Youth 
    • In the fall, will be enrolled full-time in a higher education program. 
    • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in a vocational training program, community college, or 4-year undergraduate university. 
    • If you will reside in San Diego, agree to be matched with a mentor and meet 2x month in person. 
    • In the fall, obtain part-time employment or internship. 
    • Meet monthly requirements with deadlines and maintain regular communication with Promises2Kids. 
    • Attend required meetings/events such as Program Orientation, Training's, Awards Reception. 
Guardian Scholars Pre-Eligibility

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Demographic Information

Example format: 10/10/1984

Address Information

Personal Information

Criminal History

Emergency Contact (someone who knows your whereabouts)

CASA Worker Information

Social Worker Information

Employment Information

For example: 17.50

For example: 25.5
High School Information

For example: 3.5

College/University Information

For example: 3.5

Example Format: 02/01/2020

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Foster Care Information

You can enter a number or a short description here

You can enter a number or a short description here

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Please enter a number here like: 5

Essay Information
Thank you for taking the time to complete the Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars application. Below you will find the information necessary to complete the essay portion of the application. We encourage you to be candid and share how Promises2Kids can help you create a brighter future for yourself.

Guardian Scholars Program Requirements:
  • If available, you must participate in the on campus program that supports current and former foster youth. 
  • You must maintain full-time enrollment, a minimum 2.0 cumulative and semester/quarter GPA,.
  • You must maintain a part-time job or internship.
  • Required to meet with your mentor 2x per month.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and communicate with Promises2Kids. 
Your application will NOT be reviewed unless all documents have been received by the February 14th deadline. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Promises2Kids at 858-278-4400.

Writing Your Essay
  • All essays should be in Times New Roman, 12-size font, and double spaced.
  • Essays should be NO longer than three pages. 
  • You may not use essays from a previously submitted application. 
  • Please check for spelling and grammar before you submit the essay.
Essay Questions

1.  Please tell me about your childhood and what made you want to apply to Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars program and to college.

2.  Share a specific time when you were confronted with multiple obstacles and how you were able to overcome them.

3.  What about Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars program will be the most impactful for you and why?

4. What are you career goals and how do you plan to reach them?

5. Is there anything else you want the scholarship committee to know about you or take into consideration?
Essay Information
Provide an update on your academic status, employment, mentor relationship (if you were paired with a mentor) and changes in your support network.  Also address how you will tackle advancing yourself in the coming school year.


Authorization Information

Disclaimer: Promises2Kids uses non-identifying information to track aggregate data and by submitting this application you authorize this use. No personal information will be shared outside of Promises2Kids.
Ineligible for Program
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Sorry you do not meet the minimum program eligibility requirements. Please contact Promises2Kids with any questions you may have.

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