Rising Scholars

Rising Scholars

The Rising Scholars program provides access to higher education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Our program provides a community of support and services to empower students to succeed in their educational goals. Our program provides access to campus and community resources to remove barriers to education.

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Apply to be a Rising Scholar

To see if you are eligible to become a Rising Scholar student please complete the following Interest Form and a member of the Rising Scholar team will reach out to you.

Access the Rising Scholar Interest Form

Rising Scholar Eligibility

To apply and become a Rising Scholar, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at Mesa College
  • Identify as a student who has been affected by incarceration

Explore Program Benefits

There are many reasons to become a Rising Scholar. Explore the following program benefits:

  • Academic/personal and career counseling
  • Student-centered workshops
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Advocacy
  • School supplies and bookstore cards (based on available funding)
  • Safe and welcoming personalized support
  • Laptop and calculator loans
  • Partnerships with CSU and UC Rising Scholar programs including personalize support from SDSU and UCSD
  • Expungement workshops