Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Keyiona Ritchey


The Guardian Scholars Program at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) serves college students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. The program seeks to holistically support students from these historically underserved populations. Former foster youth, in particular, have extremely low college graduation rates. Students from these backgrounds have to overcome personal struggles and academic troubles as well as a lack of knowledge/awareness of how to succeed in college. For many years, the Guardian Scholars Program at CSUMB has experienced a lack of active participation among its members. As a result, many Guardian Scholars members are not utilizing the services and benefits that the program offers. In addition, a lack of active participation presents possible risks to the funding that supports Guardian Scholars. This capstone project focuses on implementing new strategies to increase active participation rates among new members for the Fall 2019 semester. Results showed that participation rates were up 20% for Fall 2019 from the previous semester, Spring 2019. These results are promising for the future of the Guardian Scholars Program.