Project HOPE

The College of Alameda’s Rising Scholars Program or Project HOPE provides a safe, supportive, equitable, and empowering educational environment for students impacted by the juvenile justice system. Project HOPE equips students with the tools they need to achieve their highest potential through higher education.  Understanding that each student has their own unique set of experiences and challenges, Project HOPE team seeks to identify and alleviate potential barriers for our students. The goal of the program is to assist students throughout their college journey, from application to graduation.


To qualify for Project HOPE, you must be:

  • Enrolled in at least one credit or noncredit class at College of Alameda
  • Currently or formerly incarcerated or detained
  • System-impacted students – those students with close relatives whom have been incarcerated or students who have been arrested, convicted or adjudicated without incarceration or detention – may be eligible to receive many services.

Program Services

  • Academic counseling
  • Support system of COA personnel, faculty and students
  • Career assessments and employment opportunities
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Peer support
  • Events, workshops and field trips
  • Connections to on-campus and community resources
  • Financial Assistance (based on available funding)
  • Partnership with California State University Project Rebound and the San Francisco State University Underground Scholars

How to Apply

Please submit the Project HOPE Interest Form


Meet the Project HOPE Support Team

Dr. Shalamon Duke – Dean, Counseling & Special Programs

Stefanie Bradshaw – Director, Career Services & Workforce Systems

Marvin Thompson – Counselor