The Rising Scholars program at Cabrillo College is committed to supporting justice-impacted students by providing student supports with the goal of removing barriers and building community with our students. We invite you to Rising Scholars and are here to support you in your educational journey.

California Community Colleges Rising Scholars Network

Rising Scholars Video - Inside CDCR

Lookout Santa Cruz Article


  • Students who are justice impacted can face significant barriers to academic and career success. Cabrillo College welcomes all students, including those who are incarcerated and those who have experienced incarceration in the past.


  • Assistance completing college and financial aid applications

  • Specialized academic counseling

  • Priority registration for classes

  • Computer access and dedicated study area

  • Referrals to on campus and community services

  • Instruction at Rountree Medium Facility jail

Rising Scholars Club

  • The Rising Scholars Club aims to build community and connection for all justice-impacted students at Cabrillo College. We will create a safe space for our club members to gather and support one another while using our shared voice for advocacy and assistance for our fellow formerly incarcerated students. If you are a Rising Scholars student and would like to join the Rising Scholars Club, fill out this form. If you have any questions about the club, email us at risingscholarsclub@gmail.com.

Eli Chance - Director, Student Resource & Support Network