Basic criteria:

This scholarship is specifically for children of people doing a lot of [prison] time and/or habitually doing time - if they have done three or more years with in the last seven years or are doing more then two years right now.  Initially I thought of this for kids of ‘Utah State prison inmates’ from Utah and that will still take priority But if a Utah kids’ mom or dad is doing prison time somewhere else; federal or if the parents have done most their time in County jails probably should not preclude that child.  Especially if there is enough money but priority goes to children of Utah prison inmates.   
[Plus*1] Scholarship, was an initial thought and want; for every fourth scholarship to go to a victim of  a violent crime [someone close killed, raped, brutalized, kidnapped… Child-Sexual abuse is a violent crime/act]  This is not in effect right now

“Children” is to be interpreted pretty loosely; common-law, step-children, biological, (biological but estranged), where the birth certificate or last name is not as important as the visiting record, or other supporting facts.  

The student needs at least a 2.5-point G P A. The child Probably should have at least a 3-point average, [for the best consideration] and that should be inferred and encouraged (along with other school and civic activities) in the pre-application. And depending on the amount of money there should be some other considerations[1] The more money - the more scholarships can be handed out. Please help and support inmate participation and donations.     

My initial thoughts were for a smooth transition for a “Good Kid/Good Student” doing well in school to be able to keep doing so; going straight from High School into College, and that will still take priority and be encouraged.  But we are not talking about ideal circumstances here for everyone, where some kids are bounced around from place to place, school to school, or are babysitting their parents, working and taking care of the other kids,… pregnancy, and/or who knows what??   

I do think there should be some priority for the student with the worst/most screwed up parents or life; both parents locked up and/or each with long criminal records, a parent convicted of sexual abuse at home..[2]  

BUT NO ‘for Profit-type-schools[3]’ or degrees -  just ‘Real Schools'; ’U of U', BYU, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster, Dixie, Utah Valley State …

General implementation:

Give every child [from the 7th grade up] visiting a parent in prison a this information and a pre-application form for this scholarship[4].  Have the application information available to all inmates, their visitors and family on line.

Make it common knowledge in prison that this Scholarship is there for their smart kids; with notices, posters and media[5]  Publish each scholarship awarded and money handed out in this website(6]And also hopefully in the prison [posted in sections]; the number of Scholarships handed out (so that the inmates can see that it's working)

Let other State Agencies, Courts, Schools, Counselors, Churches and people working with children or students know about this Scholarship - 

To offer not only this scholarship, but also list names and links to other Scholarships[7] 

The fact is I want to be more inclusive then exclusive with my criteria, especially as it grows and there’s more and more money available.      


[1]  If a kid is working with their caseworker - for whatever reason is only barely keeping a 2.0 GPA, they may never become a NASA engineer, but may be a great Building Trades-Carpenter.  A strait-A-student gets pregnant [or for whatever reason] misses a year or two of school, now wants to go back to school,…..     

[2] I have to big respect and always believed in "God bless the child that made it/making it on their own";  those rising above their environment and others expatiation's.   

[3] No ‘For-Profit- Schools’ like Stevens-Henager, Massage Therapy, Eagle Gate …

[4]  A Pre-application is just to plant that thought or that seed.  I’d like to see that each kid that wanted to apply themselves and get good grades and wanted to better their self and their  situation/ break that cycle, to be aware that they could get a $1,000 towards going to college/university, or to getting in a skilled trade.   This is meant as much as an incentive, as it is a financial help.       

[5] A lot of people don’t know about any kind of scholarships let alone think they’d qualify for one.  So, something tangible, something achievable,  (where they are competing on the same level, so to speak, not against “normal kids” from “normal families”)  A scholarship for them.   

[6] Listing each of the scholarships as they are handed out here on this website and hopefully get some Media attention (for whoever was granted a Scholarship and do a little bio of those students ...]  

[7]   Do you have or offer a Scholarship?  Let me know I'll list it also.