Project Rebound at Cal State University Fullerton Supporting the Higher Education and Successful Reintegration of the Formerly Incarcerated

California State University, Fullerton is excited to announce the launch of Project Rebound. We're on a mission to make higher education more accessible.

We're bringing opportunity to formerly incarcerated students.

You can, too!


In 1967, John Irwin (1929-2010), Professor of Sociology and Criminology at San Francisco State University, created Project Rebound as a way to matriculate people into San Francisco State University directly from the criminal justice system. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of formerly incarcerated people have obtained Bachelor’s degrees and beyond. In 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, the number of Project Rebound students who returned to prison was just 3 percent.

In 2016, with the support of the Opportunity Institute and CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Project Rebound has expanded beyond San Francisco State onto eight other CSU campuses, including California State University, Fullerton.


Our mission is to construct an alternative to the revolving door policy of mass incarceration in order to increase community strength and safety. Above all, we are committed to demonstrating both the central importance and the possibility of meeting the needs of students who often face a broad array of challenges that have until now caused them to be left behind. We strive to meet each student where he or she is and provide the individualized support that he or she needs to succeed.

Meet One of Our Students


Major: Communications

Concentration: Journalism

Goals: to earn a Masters degree in American Studies and to secure a job as a staff writer for a newspaper or magazine.

"Education has given me a chance to learn about history and grasp new concepts. I now have a world of information, experience, and skill sets at my disposal. Project Rebound allows me to be free to be myself and not worry about being judged. As a Rebound Scholar, I look forward to collaborating with the team and providing peer mentoring to incoming scholars."

Support Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton

Join us in making higher education more accessible by bringing opportunity to formerly incarcerated students. Your support will help Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton expand access to higher education to formerly incarcerated people in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan/Orange County region by connecting students with academic, advising, counseling, financial aid, and extra-curricular resources and employment opportunities on campus, as well as providing them with such things as textbooks, school supplies, meal vouchers, and transportation. We are also seeking to expand our capacity to provide safe, proximate housing to our students. These forms of direct student support are made possible through the support of private philanthropy.

All charitable donations made to Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton go directly and exclusively to supporting the work of Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton and are fully tax deductible, as allowable by the IRS. CSUF Project Rebound's fiscal agent, the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Fund, is a registered 501(c)(3). Tax receipts will be mailed shortly after the donation has been processed.

Become a Project Rebound Sustainer

Become a sustainer of Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton by choosing to make a recurring gift. Sustainers help us sustain our activities over the long term and are brought closer to our activities and our students' accomplishments.

Donate By Check

If you wish to donate by check, please make your check payable to:

"Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Fund - Project Rebound"

and mail to:

  • Brady Heiner, Ph.D.
  • Director, Project Rebound
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • 800 N. State College Blvd.
  • Fullerton, CA 92831
  • USA

Thank you for your support!

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