The Guardian Scholars program is a university-sponsored, student support service for Ball State students who experienced foster care.


The Ball State Guardian Scholars is a place of belonging and support for students who have experienced foster care. Within the Guardian Scholars, students are connected to peers who shared similar childhood experiences and a network of professionals trained to support their unique needs on campus. Through this program underrepresented, at-risk students experience equity and access to higher education at Ball State University. Our Program Pillars are guided and shaped by both current research on best practices and student voice. Every program initiative, policy and decision is weighed against these Program Pillars in order to keep students first and provide the quality supportive services our students deserve.