Rising Scholars Program

rising scholars graduates

The Rising Scholars Program is an innovative and impactful educational initiative that aims to provide incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals with access to higher education and opportunities for personal and academic growth. Developed within correctional facilities, this program operates with the mission of fostering transformative change through education, ultimately preparing individuals for successful reentry into society. The program focuses on delivering a holistic and comprehensive educational experience that transcends traditional boundaries, and it has achieved notable success in addressing the unique challenges faced by incarcerated students.

rising scholars studentProgram Objectives

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Equity and Empowerment
  • Personal Transformation
  • Reducing Recidivism
  • Community Collaboration and Support

The Rising Scholars Program has demonstrated significant success in increasing educational attainment, personal development, and reducing recidivism rates among its participants. Graduates of the program are better positioned to reintegrate into society as contributing members and advocates for positive change within their communities.

rsp memberServices Provided by RSP

  • Assistance with college enrollment and services
  • Guidance in applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Student-peer mentorship
  • Transfer preparation
  • Access to community resources
  • Assistance with job readiness


  • Currently enrolled at BC
  • Enrolled in at least three units
  • Identify as a student who has been affected by incarceration

Contact Rising Scholars Program

Phone: (661) 395-4880 or (661) 395-4864 | Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30AM - 5:30 PM, Friday: 8:00AM - 12:00 PM | Location: CSS 168 (2nd Floor)

Email: risingscholars@bakersfieldcollege.edu