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Rising Scholars Program

Rising Scholars Network (RSN)

The Rising Scholars Program provides support services for Hartnell College students who have been impacted by the justice system. 

The purpose of the Rising Scholars Network encourages the enrollment, retention, and success of justice-involved students at Hartnell College through a program that provides education and services that promote academic success. Providing this education and support to justice-involved students serves a significant public interest, namely reduced recidivism and reduced poverty among Californians who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  “Justice-involved” means a person who is currently or formerly incarcerated in a correctional facility, or currently or formerly detained in a juvenile facility.

The Rising Scholars Program provides a  welcoming, encouraging, supportive and empowering environment. Our goal is to equip our students to achieve their highest potential through education with individualized support and guidance. Rising Scholars receive the following benefits:

  • Welcoming and supportive staff 
  • Assistance with enrollment 
  • Financial aid and scholarship assistance 
  • Educational planning and counseling
  • Job and career placement assistance 
  • Referrals to campus resources (EOPS, DSP&S, Foster and Kinship Care)
  • Referrals to community resources (including food, housing, childcare, and tattoo removal services)
  • Textbook and Chromebook lending (based on availability)
  • Free printing
  • Fellowship opportunities 
  • Leadership development and community engagement opportunities
  • Peer networking 
  • Faculty and staff mentorship
  • Transfer assistance
  • Advocacy
  • Free legal services 
  • Workshops for students, educators, and community members

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