UCEAP is excited to introduce the Guardian Scholar Fund, a program that supports former former foster youth who are pursuing their dreams of study abroad with UCEAP. The first recipient, Tiara Francisco, is a UCSB transfer student in psychology and is planning to pursue a master's degree in social work.
Tiara is spending the year in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh. On November 9, Tiara and other UC students had the opportunity to meet Nobel laureate and 2016 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Prof. Randy Schekman (UK 1968-69) while he was at the University of Edinburgh receiving an honorary degree.
"[T]his experience is helping me set a great example for the children I hope to work with in my future career. I can show them they can take charge and accomplish their dreams, despite what they have been through in their lives. I would like to teach them that where you come from does not predict how far you can go.” - Tiara Francisco, 2016 Guardian Scholars Fund recipient.
Unlike most college students, Guardian Scholars do not have families on whom they can rely for simple things that other students take for granted, like a place to store their belongings while abroad.
As an alumnus and friend of UCEAP, please consider supporting students like Tiara by donating to the Guardian Scholars Fund. Any gift will make a difference - your participation is what's important! All gifts to the UC Regents are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make your gift and support Tiara today!