New scholarship caters to students with parents in jail
MILWAUKEE- It is no secret the hurdles one might have to jump just to afford a college education. A new unlikely partnership may make it easier for students who have parents in jail.
It's a scholarship program that's the brainchild of retired federal prison warden Percy Pitzer, and it's funded in part by prison inmates themselves. They give part of their commissary each month to the Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship fund so that a student who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford college might have the chance. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be the first school in the nation to jumpstart the program. They've already received almost $1,000 from inmates at the Milwaukee County House of Correction. UWM School of Social Welfare Development Director Richard Kessler says it really says a lot about the character of some of the inmates.
"It means that inmates care, and they care about their children, and they care about other people's children and they're still connected to society,” Kessler said.
An interesting fact about this special scholarship; one of the first recipients is the son of Jeffrey Dahmer’s killer, Christopher Scarver, Jr.
If you'd like more information on the scholarship through the foundation visit www.creativecorrectionseducationfoundation.org