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USC Pioneers a New Program
to Help Foster Youth Graduate

The Trojan Guardian Scholars Program
University of Southern California (USC)

"The usual model for college students is that they have two parents at home who have gone to college and can provide the additional support that they need. These students don't have that so we try to provide for them. It's critical to respond to the growing need of foster youth students and make the transition easier." - George Sanchez, Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

The Trojan Guardian Scholars Program is a two-and-four year university level program aimed at helping former foster youth navigate through college. USC started this program in 2013 as a joint effort between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Rossier School of Education. The program gives former foster youth a community while on campus and offers resources for internships, scholarships and opportunities they can’t afford on their own. See the impact that Trojan Guardian Scholars has on the lives of foster youth, and hear from several undergraduate students on how life-changing this program has been.

To learn more about the Guardian Scholars Program and the resources available for foster youth students, visit the Guardian Scholars Overview.

Why Not You?

It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can get involved at ToFosterChange.org.

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