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For Immediate Release Scholarship Program is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for a scholarship program to benefit the children of inmates and the children who have been victimized by crime (either themselves or a member of their immediate family). "The Children of Inmates Scholarship Fund and the Children as Victims Scholarship Fund will award annual scholarships to high school seniors who are pursuing a college education or to students who are already attending college," owner Adam Lovell said. "While our primary goal has always been to reduce recidivism, we also recognize the importance of prevention – preventing citizens from a life of crime and incarceration. The scholarship program emphasizes this aspect of prevention. We believe that education is a critical step toward a crime-free life."

Lovell emphasized, "Through no fault of their own, there are many children whose life experiences place their educational opportunities in jeopardy. These are children who have had a parent incarcerated, an event that can produce many negative consequences for the children including poverty. These are also children who have been the victim of a crime or whose immediate family members have been crime victims. This, too, can be a life-altering event, which can also produce many negative consequences." He believes the Scholarship Program can be a strong step in a good direction.

"Children are our greatest assets. They are also at the mercy of all of the adults in their lives. We believe it is our duty as responsible adults to invest in the future of children, especially those whose life circumstances have put their futures at risk," he said. Applications must be postmarked by May 31; winners will be announced by June 30.

Full details are available online at "We will regularly review the program, and at some point we hope to add a scholarship for inmates reintegrating into society. Some have a tough time finding work, so a college scholarship could be just what they need to get their lives back on track," Lovell said. "Also, this would be in keeping with our primary goal of reducing recidivism."


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