Welcome to the Rising Scholars Program!

The Rising Scholars Program is committed to helping Merced College reach and welcome new students, and support them to success. Our team works directly with Valley State Prison, Central California Women's Facility, and our Merced College community to expand opportunities and to build strong pathways from incarceration to academia. Our work includes supporting students through responsive student services and advising, peer mentor programs, and student-centered outreach and training for college faculty and staff.


Currently Incarcerated

Formerly Incarcerated