About Rising Scholars
The Rising Scholars Program is dedicated to providing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students in the South Bay/Bay Area with continuing higher education opportunities, allowing them to redirect their lives and reach their full potential in the community.
Serving Second Chance Students
Mission College is a proud supporter of the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff College Collaborative mission towards a second chance serving students in the Elmwood Correctional Facility, Main Jail, and Reentry Resource Center upon release and transitioning onto campus.
I didn't have the desire for college before, but education gave me something to look forward to and a sense of purpose. It had a major impact on my mental health and motivation, college classes gave me hope and a reason to get up each day. Mission College stood out because of the supportive staff who went the extra mile to guide us.
Rising Scholar Program ParticipantRead Her Story
I don't know how to put it in words, but you all came and saved my life. I was thinking about ending it, and (Mission) gave me this spark … prior to all this, I did say a prayer when I was in jail, and I just asked for some type of sign to help me find my purpose or how I can be of service or just be better, and here we are.
Rising Scholar Program ParticipantRead His Story
How to Become a Student
Contact Program Specialist Steve Duong.
Potential Rising Scholar students must meet the following requirements.
- Formerly incarcerated