Reentry Scholarship Stipend Fund

The Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry is offering a Reentry Scholarship Stipend Fund. Beginning in 2020, individuals who are on probation or parole can apply for this program. Those who are accepted will receive stipends to support their education financially, as well as individual mentoring.

The program works in collaboration with Excell Network, a non-profit under the aegis of Comunidad San Dimas.

The Reentry Scholarship Stipend Fund is financed through a grant to the California Catholic Conference restorative justice programs from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD, a program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, works to break the cycle of poverty by providing grants to organizations throughout the country.

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Are you on probation or parole?

If you’re interested in being a part of this program, the first step is to contact Julio Escobar, Restorative Justice Coordinator. If there are current stipends available for the upcoming semester and if the applicant meets the basic qualifications, an initial interview will be scheduled. Other questions can be directed to Julio as well.
Email: [email protected], Phone: (415) 614-5572

Eligibility Guidelines

If the applicant moves past the first interview, he/she must do the following to participate in the program: 

  • Complete an online application
  • Provide probation or parole letters showing probation/parole periods
  • Provide evidence of school enrollment and schedule in an educational institution
  • Live and/or attend school within the San Francisco Bay Area

How It Works

Students accepted into the program will receive both financial and emotional support and they become part of a network of students and volunteers. They will also be asked to meet certain requirements in order to maintain eligibility, including completing their classes participating in certain activities. 

  • Program participants will receive their scholarship stipend in two separate payments during the semester.
  • Students will be assigned a mentor or mentors with whom they will discuss their goals and progress.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to network with mentors and professionals at breakfasts and speaking events.
  • Occasional check-in meetings may be scheduled.
  • Grades should be submitted at the end of the semester.

Monthly Breakfasts

Monthly breakfasts provide an opportunity for our students and supporters to get together, share stories, and build community. Proceeds from the breakfasts support student scholarship stipends.

The 2022 breakfasts will be held at St. Agnes Parish (1025 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco) on the second Saturday of the month and at St. Mark Parish (325 Marine View Avenue, Belmont) on the third Saturday of the month. They begin at 8:00 a.m.


February 12, 2022 (St. Agnes)

February 19, 2022 (St. Mark)