Social Science Research Center

Guardian Scholars

Program Description and Eligibility

The Ball State University Guardian Scholars Program is designed for Indiana students attending Ball State University who are either current or former foster youth. The Guardian Scholars Program provides not only scholarship support, but also a variety post-secondary support and referral services to help eligible recipients achieve their goal of a baccalaureate degree at Ball State University. Eligibility criteria and directions for application to the Ball State University Guardian Scholars Program can be found by clicking here for our application package. All students who wish to participate in the Guardian Scholars Program at Ball State University must complete and submit the application package.

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2015, for incoming Ball State University freshman and transfer students. Scholarship assistance is available on a competitive basis, and all who wish to apply to the program must complete the application package that can be found by clicking here.

The Ball State University Guardian Scholars Program also provides consultation and support to Ivy Tech staff on behalf of current and former foster youth enrolled at Ivy Tech East Central campuses in Muncie, Marion, and Anderson.

Getting an Education Shouldn't be so Difficult!

In life, success depends on education, education depends on opportunity, and opportunity depends on knowledge and support.

Unfortunately, young people who go directly from foster care to college often lack access to the consistent support it takes for scholastic success.

Guardian Scholars exists to make sure former foster youths have a reliable network of support to succeed in college - and life.

They bring the desire. We provide the path.

The Overview of Post-Secondary Support Programs for Former Foster Youth is a guidebook prepared by the Social Science Research Center and the Ball State/Ivy Tech Guardian Scholars with support from Lumina Foundation for Education. This guidebook is the result of a national survey of post-secondary support programs for foster youth. The hope is that this information will serve as a best practice learning tool to those who are developing or wanting to develop, or have already developed and wish to strengthen, campus-based services for this population. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view this document.


We are committed to providing extensive post-secondary support services to current and former foster youth; synchronizing past and present experiences to build a future of confidence and success.

Support Services

  • Financial Aid, Housing, and Admission Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring 
  • Friendship/Guidance/Life Counseling
  • Leadership Development 
  • Campus Resources
  • Strategies for Success 
  • Opportunities for Advocacy
  • Referrals for Community Resources

I would like to volunteer my time!

To volunteer your time to the Guardian Scholars program please contact us at, 765-285-5538 or

Donate to Guardian Scholars

To donate to the Guardian Scholars Program click here and designate your gift by selecting "other" in the drop down box and type Guardian Scholars Program #8006.

Thank you for your support!

Social Science Research Center
North Quad (NQ) Room 245
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-1015
Fax: 765-285-5462