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Twelve New Guardian Scholars Arrive on Campus

Aug. 14, 2014

As classes resume at Cal State Fullerton, an incoming group of 12 new Guardian Scholars will be welcomed to the campus.

The Guardian Scholars program awards former foster youth a full scholarship to the University and provides additional assistance to help them succeed in their educational endeavors. The program is a working partnership between the private sector and public agencies.

The program, the first of its kind, was established at Cal State Fullerton in 1998. Since then, almost 100 Guardian Scholars have earned CSUF degrees.

"We are very excited to welcome our incoming class of 12 scholars to campus," said Sara Gamez, Guardian Scholars director. "These remarkable young adults have overcome great odds to reach this point, and our program is committed to supporting their goal of attaining a bachelor's degree."

With the addition of 12 new Guardian Scholars, the total number of students in the program is currently 41.

Listed below are the names/majors of the incoming class:

  • Magdalena Alvarado, child and adolescent development
  • Rachel Borchard, biological science
  • Mark Casas, psychology
  • Arianna Espinoza, kinesiology
  • Larry Junies, radio-TV-film
  • Brianna Magana, sociology
  • Ebony Mixon, mathematics
  • Brianna Rodriguez, health science
  • Darciana Schad, undeclared
  • Jordan Sosa, pre-business
  • Kimberly Smith, pre-business
  • Tottyona Willingham, pre-business

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