WriteAPrisoner.com is pleased to announce the establishment of a very important scholarship program to benefit the children of inmates and the children who have been victimized by crime (either themselves or a member of their immediate family.)
The Children of Inmates Scholarship Fund and the Children as Victims Scholarship Fund will award annual scholarships to students who are pursuing a college education. While our primary goal has always been to reduce recidivism, we also recognize the importance of prevention – preventing citizens from a life of crime and incarceration. The scholarship program emphasizes this aspect of prevention. Education is a critical step toward a crime-free life.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Through no fault of their own, there are many children whose life experiences place their educational opportunities in jeopardy. These are children who have had a parent incarcerated, an event that can produce many negative consequences for the children including poverty. These are also children who have been the victim of a crime or whose immediate family members have been crime victims. This, too, can be a life-altering event, which can also produce many negative consequences.
Children are our greatest resource. They are also at the mercy of all of the adults in their lives. We believe it is our duty as responsible adults to invest in the future of children, especially those whose life circumstances have put their futures at risk. We believe in the Latin concept of reverisco – the ability to flourish through adversity. We already know these children are survivors – now it is up to us to help them flourish.
How To Apply
We invite eligible students to apply between March 1 and June 1. If you know someone who might benefit from this program, please share this information.