How to Become a Guardian Scholar




Please contact Rhonda Leiva at 408-924-1089 or


Eligibility for the San Jose State Guardian Scholars Program

  • Highly motivated students who have recently emancipated from foster care or are orphaned and certified homeless by the Financial Aid Office
  • Incoming freshmen or transfer students who meet SJSU's eligibility criteria for admission
    (CSU Mentor)
  • Admitted to the SJSU Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    (Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Online Application)
  • Complete the SJSU EOP Guardian Scholars Supplemental Application by the deadline of May 1
  • Considered "Independent" under federal financial aid guidelines
  • California Resident
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • FAFSA financial aid application completed by the required filing date
    (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Application procedures

  • Apply to SJSU when using CSU application (
  • Mark "YES" when asked if you are interested in applying to EOP on Section 11 of the CSUMentor Online application . Because the box is marked, the EOP application link will be included in the confirmation after completion of the CSU application.
  • Students who do not mark this box can return to the CSU Mentor website to the EOP application section at and then complete the EOP Online application. Fill out all parts of the EOP application.
  • On the EOP application mark "YES" to question 26, section (f) which asks if you are or were a former foster youth.
  • EOP will e-mail you the SJSU Guardian Scholar Application in April.
  • Priority deadline for returning the SJSU Guardian Scholar application with foster youth documentation is May 1st.
  • Once the Guardian Scholars Application is completed, you will be provided with information on scholarship opportunities.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at by March 2, 2013