Rising Scholars

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The Porterville College Rising Scholars Program is committed to supporting justice-impacted students by removing barriers and building community throughout our student population. The program offers a variety of resources that aim to foster solid pathways that lead to professional and personal growth. Acknowledging that each student has their own unique set of experiences and challenges, the Rising Scholars team thrives to provide a safe, supportive, equitable, and empowering educational environment. The mission of the Rising Scholars Program is to support our Rising Scholar Students from application to graduation. We invite you to the Rising Scholars Program and look forward to supporting you on your educational journey.

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Who Can Participate in the Rising Scholars Program?

  • Currently enrolled at Porterville College
  • Enrolled in at Least three units.
  • Currently or Formally Incarcarated
  • Students with close relatives who have been incarcerated
  • Students who have been arrested, convicted, or adjudicated without incarceration

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What are the Benefits of the Rising Scholars Program?

  • Priority Registration
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Student-Peer Mentorship
  • Transfer Preparation
  • Access to Community Resources

What sets the Rising Scholar Program Apart?

  • Community – You’re not in this alone!
  • Accountability – You can do this!
  • Empowerment – Your Voice Matters!
  • Opportunity – Seize the moment!
  • Exploration – Discover your passion!  


Meet the Rising Scholars Team

Rising Scholars Staff Member Cur'Neisha Osborne

Cur'Neisha Osborne

Rising Scholars Program Manager
Rising Scholars Staff Member Kristi Covington

Kristi Covington

Rising Scholars Educational Advisor
Rising Scholars Staff Member Cody RIdenour

Cody Ridenour

Rising Scholars Counselor