Guardian Scholars

Tipping Point, a major donor to the Guardian Scholar program, produced this moving video about Justin, a Guardian Scholar graduate


If you’re a student or potential student interested in learning about the Guardian Scholars Program, please visit the Guardian Scholars website for more information
Auxi Trejo, 2018 Guardian Scholars graduate
Auxi Trejo, 2018 Guardian Scholars graduate

Through advocacy, support, and empowerment, the San Francisco State University Guardian Scholars Program engages current and former foster youth in attaining college degrees, stable housing, and career-path employment. The program is committed to graduating and empowering these young people to become self-supporting community leaders and competent professionals in their fields of interest.

Guardian Scholars partners with on-campus departments and off-campus social service groups to ensure a pipeline for SF State eligible youth in foster care. Services for students include:

  • Case managers who monitor and support academic progress
  • Tutoring
  • Mental health services
  • Housing
  • A vibrant community and cohort of mentors and fellow students
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Job and internship opportunities
  • Renewable scholarship opportunities specific to SF State Guardian Scholars Program students

Guardian Scholars is solely funded by private donations and grants. To support this unique program, please contact Anjali Billa at

Guardian Scholars participants

Fostering Success in the Guardian Scholars Program

SF State’s Guardian Scholars program gives students the opportunity to change the course of their lives.

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Funding Initiatives

A plethora of graduating students

Career Services & Leadership Development

Through integrated learning opportunities, the Center promotes career exploration and leadership development.

Picture of Cesar Chavez

Project Rebound

Project Rebound assists formerly incarcerated individuals in admissions and academic success at the University.

Students hanging out at the Cesar Chavez Plaza

HOPE Crisis Fund

The HOPE Crisis Fund provides students with essential emergency financial support to support their path to graduation.

Variety of fruits new to each other

Basic Needs Initiatives

The Basic Needs Initiatives support students in reaching their full potential by responding to student hunger and housing insecurity.

For more information about donating to the Guardian Scholars Program, contact:

Anjali Billa ( She/Her/Hers )
Associate Vice President
University Development
(415) 405-3625