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February 2020

Hunter Scholarship available for children of corrections employees

Applications for a Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship are now being accepted by the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA). This year’s scholarships, named in honor of the former director of the Prisons Division at the National Institute of Corrections, will award $1,500 to undergraduate students, $1,500 to graduate students and $750 for individuals who have already received a scholarship in a prior year.

Hunter’s career was dedicated to the ideals of an educated and enlightened criminal justice workforce. She succumbed to breast cancer in 2004 but, as namesake for a scholarship program designed to benefit students whose parents work in corrections, the memory of her professional excellence lives on.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be the son or daughter of a full-time, retired or deceased corrections employee of any CLA-member jail or prison system.
  • 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 field; graduate students must be studying corrections or criminal justice.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or an accredited graduate program.

A scholarship FAQ and application are available on the CLA website. Questions about the scholarship should be sent to

The application deadline is March 31, 2020.