Guardian Scholars

Justing, Guardian Scholar alumni

Tipping Point, a major donor to the Guardian Scholar program, produced this moving video about Justin, a Guardian Scholar 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 to become 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 or (415) 405-3625.


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

Auxi Trejo, 2018 Guardian Scholars graduate


News Article:


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


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Career Services & Leadership Development

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


HOPE Crisis Fund

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

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Project Rebound

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

Basic Needs Initiatives

Basic Needs Initiatives

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


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


Anjali Billa

Associate Vice President
University Development
Phone: (415) 405-3625