Some students who are headed for college can get some much-needed help from a scholarship program offered to children of CDCR employees.

The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) offers annual scholarships of $750 to $1,500 to college-bound kids who are the children of employees from CDCR.

The ASCA 2017 Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship application is open now.

Eligibility requirements are:

  • Students must be the son or daughter of a corrections employee (current full-time, retired, or deceased) within any ASCA member department of corrections. Vendor employees, correctional employees, their siblings, spouses, and grandchildren are not eligible.
  • Incoming first-time freshmen, along with enrolled full-time college and graduate students, must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3. Undergraduate students may be working toward a degree in any area of study, while graduate students’ field of study must be in Corrections/Criminal Justice.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or an accredited graduate program. For the 2017 awards: scholarship amounts will be $1,500 for undergraduate students, $1,500 for graduate students and $750 for individuals who in a prior year had received either a $1,000 or $1,500 scholarship.
  • Scholarship applications (and all required documentation) are due to the ASCA office, 1105 2nd Street South, Nampa, 83651, postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. The Scholarship Review Committee will make its decisions in June 2017. Recipients will be notified by phone. All other applicants will be notified via email. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ASCA Summer Business Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Faxed or hand delivered materials will not be accepted.

For an application and information about the material need to apply, go to this website (  (This site may not be available from CDCR computers.)

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the scholarships:

  1. Who is eligible to apply for the scholarship?
    Children of a current, retired or deceased full-time employee of a corrections agency that is a member of ASCA. Children of vendors within corrections are not eligible.
  1. Can a child of a state and/or federal employee apply?
    Yes, children of current, retired or deceased employees of both state and federal correctional agencies that are members of ASCA are accepted.
  1. Can a stepchild of a Department of Corrections (DOC) employee apply?
    Only if the stepparent is the child’s legal guardian.
  1. Can a grandchild of a DOC employee apply for the scholarship?
    Only if the grandparent is the child’s legal guardian.
  1. Can a DOC employee apply for the scholarship?
    No, only the children of correctional agency employees who are high school seniors, college undergraduate students, or college graduate students can apply. However, you can check with your agency to see if other scholarships or funding are available.
  1. Is my child eligible to apply for the scholarship if I work as a contractor for the Department of Corrections?
    No, the child’s parent must work or have worked (retired, deceased) as a full-time employee for the Department of Corrections.
  1. Can my child go to college out of state and still be eligible?
    Yes, there are no stipulations on the location of the college your child attends.
  1. Does the applicant have to be majoring in Criminal Justice?
    Only graduate students applying have to be a Criminal Justice major. Undergraduate applicants can have any major.
  1. Are there any specific requirements for the letters of recommendations?
    Yes, the letters of recommendation must be on a document with an official letterhead. Also, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a recent high school, college, or university educator who had you in class.
  1. Can I file as a previous award winner if I was awarded the scholarship in a year other than last year?
    Yes, as long as you meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  1. Do re-applicants need to send in an essay and two letters of recommendation?
    Prior winners who are re-applying do not need to send in an essay and two letters of recommendation. However, prior winners do need to fill out and submit the online application. Re-applicants who were not awarded the scholarship do need to send in an essay and two letters of recommendation.
  1. When do I need to send in an official transcript?
    Prior winners must submit an official transcript by March 31, 2017, to show they are in good standings with the College/ University (maintaining 3.3 GPA and full-time student status). New applicants only need to submit an official transcript once they are informed that they have been selected as a scholarship recipient. For new applicants, no transcript is needed when initially applying.
  1. What do I do if I cannot find the “done” button at the end of the online application?
    Make sure all required information is completed and move through the three pages of the application. If you are still having problems accessing the “done” button, try filling out the application in another browser (i.e. Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  1. When will applicants be notified if they have been selected as a scholarship recipient?
    They will be notified upon selection and approval of the Scholarship Review Committee in June.
  1. How will I be notified about the scholarship recipients?
    All scholarship winners will be notified by phone and will receive a follow-up email. Applicants who were not selected as recipients will be notified by email.
  1. How much money are the recipients awarded?
    New recipients will be awarded $1,500. Renewals will receive $750.
  1. How will the recipient receive their scholarship award and monies?
    The scholarship award and check will be sent to the Chief Executive Officer for the correctional agency in which the child’s parent is employed. The Director’s office will make arrangements with respective parties for a formal presentation.

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan M. Hunter, former Director of the Prisons Division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.  Ms. Hunter was 53 when she passed away March 14, 2004.