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Guardian Scholars Program: Supporting Foster Youth

Foster Youth Support Services

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NEXTUp/Guardian Scholars Virtual Office - Online Services to Students

In response to the COVID-19, EOPS*NextUP Guardian Scholars office hours are suspended and all services will be provided to you in an online/virtual format.

To schedule an online Zoom counseling or student success appointment, book an appointment online.

To reach someone by phone, call or text (951) 217-9302 Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. To reach staff via email, send a message to

Guardian Scholars Program

Moreno Valley College Guardian Scholars Program is committed to supporting current and former foster youth exiting the foster care system. Our goal is to serve as a resource for young scholars by assisting in their development and equipping them with the educational and interpersonal skills necessary to become self-supporting, community leaders, role models, and competent professionals in their selected fields.

We strive to provide a comprehensive program that collaborates with on-campus and off-campus networks to provide support and services to help ensure your academic success. You will have a designated Counselor and Student Success Coach assisting you throughout your educational journey here at MVC. This approach contributes to the quality, depth and success of the student's positive college experience.

Download the Intake Form/Applicationpdf  View Important Dates and Reminderspdf



Guardian Scholars assists students with navigating and getting the most out of college.

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  • Navigate Enrollment Services
    • College application assistance
    • Help with moving through the orientation and counseling process
    • FAFSA and Chafee Grant applications assistance
    • Priority registration
    • Financial help: textbooks, supplies, and services related to transportation, housing or food
  • Educational Planning
  • Student Engagement
    • University tours and cultural field trips
    • Peer mentoring
    • Annual Foster Care Awareness Event: Voices and Visions



  • Be a current or former foster youth
  • Submit Guardian Scholars Applicationpdf
  • Be a current or prospective MVC student
  • Submit Dependency Verification Letter (also known as Ward of Court letter). This letter can be obtained from your county's child welfare agency, your former social worker, or the Independent Living Program (ILP)). Please turn in a copy of your Dependency Verification Letter to Sylvia Livingston in the Parkside Complex, Room 17.

If you qualify for Guardian Scholars, you may be eligible for additional educational and financial support services through Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)/NextUp. Your student success coach will let you know your eligibility. Learn more information on the EOPS page.



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Contact Us

To receive more information and to join our program, please contact:

Lucy Razo, Counselor
EOPS/NextUP and Guardian Scholars
(909) 294-6913

Sylvia Livingston, Student Success Coach
EOPS/NextUP and Guardian Scholars
(951) 217-9302


Parkside Complex
Room 17

Phone Number:

(951) 571-6110

Virtual Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4 pm