Guardian Scholars Program

Students tossing caps at graduation

About the Program

For students who have aged out of foster care and enroll at JCSU, formalized services and support are offered in the areas of:

  • intensive academic coaching
  • additional financial aid
  • year-round housing

JCSU grounds its program by incorporating community partners to serve youth from ages 16 to 22 who will age out or have aged out of foster care. The goal is to dramatically affect retention and graduation rates of former foster youth by providing:

  • Year-round housing and other basic needs
  • Financial aid
  • Academic advising, career counseling and supplemental support
  • Personal guidance and counseling
  • Opportunities for student community engagement and leadership
  • Planned transitions

Contact Information

For more information regarding the Guardian Scholars Program, contact Pat Newell, Program Development Associate, at (704) 378-1164 or via email at