Three scholarships from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) have been awarded to children of CDCR staff for 2010. The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards are given to the children of corrections employees. A scholarship review committee determines the scholarship recipients. The scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,000 for undergraduate students and $1,500 for graduate students. This year’s recipients of the Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards are:

Ashley Hurst, whose parent is Steven Hurst, Correctional Officer, Mule Creek State Prison, Ione

Ashton Grays, whose parent is Charles Grays, Correctional Officer, California Institution for Men, Chino

Skyler Shuford, whose parent is Deborah Shuford, Accounting Technician, CDCR Central Coast Regional Accounting Office

“With over 800 applicants for these scholarships, it is with great pride that the children of our dedicated CDCR employees have been recognized with these awards,” said Scott Kernan, Undersecretary of Adult Operations. “This is a terrific way to help the children of our staff pursue higher education.”

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship was created in 2004 as a way to honor her legacy. It was named for Hunter, who was Chief of the Prisons Division of the National Institute of Corrections.

Since 2004, the number of scholarships awarded has steadily grown yearly from its inception. There have been 93 scholarships awarded over the past five years.