RISE creates educational opportunities for children whose mother or father, sometimes both, have been or are currently incarcerated. Our Scholarship Program gives 8th graders needed financial support to attend private or parochial schools. There is an annual application process that begins in February of each year. Students who are awarded a scholarship receive $4,000 a year for 4 years of tuition support as well as annual stipends for uniforms and books as needed. RISE scholarship students are also supported by Mentors who increase access to educational experiences through community ventures and who model healthy adulthood and provide encouragement.
Our scholarships are primarily supported by one-on–one Sponsors who adopt a student for four years of high school, pay their $4,000 annual scholarship, and receive regular updates on the progress of their sponsored student. In some cases, sponsors also choose to mentor their student, although this is not required. For people who wish to help but are unable to take on such a commitment, we have a Scholarship Fund that is built with one time donations ranging from $1 to $5000. This fund helps us cover students without Sponsors as well as provide books and uniforms for students who need this additional support.