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A program that supports incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted people to pursue higher education.

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Join the Triton Underground Scholars

Check out our benefits and eligibility. Applications open on a rolling basis!


Meet Our Team

Meet the staff behind the scenes of the Triton Underground Scholars and learn about their passion towards helping incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and system impacted students.

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Student Spotlight

Jennifer Gomez and Collen Murphy discuss how Triton Underground Scholars impacted their experience as UCSD students.

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TUS Scholarships

The Triton Underground Scholars has recently developed a new scholarship initiatives! Go over to the link below to learn more about the Policy and Research Scholarships. Applications currently closed.




How can I join the Triton Underground Scholars?

Make sure to fill out the Triton Underground Scholars application above!

Is there any limit on when the conviction was to be qualified for the program?

No, any conviction at any time qualifies you.

Do I need to have already applied to UC to apply for the transfer program?

No, you can apply for the transfer program prior to applying for UC and also receive guidance through the UC application process.

Is there a GPA I need to maintain in order to be a part of the USI (TUS) Program or USI Student Org?

Yes. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Am I required to share details or documentation of any experience that my family or I have had?

No. You are always welcome to share only what you are comfortable doing so, with either your individual mentor or among the group.

What are the benefits of the Triton Underground Scholars program and the USI Student-Run Org?

Triton Underground Scholars, is the school program and provides scholarship opportunities, academic advising, educational workshops, assistance with navigating the university resources, mentorship, peer support, and a large network beyond UCSD. The USI.UCSD student organization provides a space for students to self-organize, plan community events, search for volunteer opportunities off-campus, and community building.