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GSP Eligibility

To be eligible for the Guardian Scholars Program, you must meet these eligibility requirements. If you have any questions about eligibility or think you may be eligible to be a part of the program, please reach out to the Program Coordinator. We look forward to having you join our program!

  1. Must be a UC Merced Student or have submitted a SIR to UC Merced
  2. Must identify with at least one of the following:

    • Foster youth - someone who has been in foster care, no matter the length of time or age at the time of care.

    • Emancipated Minor (arranged formally and informally) -someone who is a minor (under age 18 in CA) and is no longer under parental control and/or is financially independent.

    • Homeless (or at risk of being homeless) - someone who is living in a shelter, on the street, or “couch hopping”.

    • Living with Kin (arranged formally or informally) - someone whose care is provided by relatives, extended family member(s), friends, loved ones, etc. due to any number of reasons.

    • Dependent or ward of the court - someone who has received protection from the court and may have had a legal guardian appointed either by the court or by parental consent.

    • Orphaned-someone whose parents or legal guardians are deceased, unknown, or absent.

* If you feel you may qualify but don't meet any of the criteria above email guardianscholars@ucmerced.edu