The Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry is offering a Reentry Scholarship Stipend Fund for individuals who are on probation or parole. 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.

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 and accepts the program agreements, he/she must do the following to join 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

Following this, there will be a second virtual interview with a committee and a third in-person interview.

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 and participating in certain activities. 

  • Program participants will receive their scholarship stipend in two separate payments for each semester of their studies.
  • Students will participate in enrichment activities and professional development sessions.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to network with mentors and professionals at breakfasts and speaking events.
  • Check-in meetings will be scheduled each semester to review goals and discuss progress and needs.
  • Grades must be submitted at the end of the semester.
  • Students completing their GED must submit progress report letters from their teacher(s).
  • Students must attend trainings in topics such as nutrition, time management, and goal setting.

Support the program

Monthly breakfasts are one way of supporting the scholarship program. In 2022, these are being held on the second Saturday of the month at St. Agnes Parish (1025 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco) and on the third Saturday of the month at St. Mark Parish (325 Marine View Avenue, Belmont). They begin at 8:00 a.m.

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.

Upcoming Breakfasts:

St. Agnes, San Francisco
Saturday, February 11
Saturday, March 11
Saturday, April 8
Saturday, May 13
Saturday, June 10
Saturday, July 8
Saturday, August 12
Saturday, September 9
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, November 11

St. Mark, Belmont
Saturday, February 18
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, April 15
Saturday, May 20
Saturday, June 17
Saturday, July 15
Saturday, August 19
Saturday, September 16
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, November 18

If you would like to volunteer or complete an internship with the program, please contact Julio Escobar.

Email: [email protected], Phone: (415) 614-5572