(Left to right: DW Nathan Hoffman, DW Virginia Sampson, Cassidy Weatherholt, Kandy Weatherholt, Warden Mitchell)


The CPAFI offers scholarships to current Indiana Department of Correction employees and contract staff, along with dependent members of their household. If you, your children, dependents, or spouse are currently attending school or plan on enrolling in an undergraduate, graduate, technical, or vocational program, this scholarship opportunity is for you!

CPAFI Fall 2022 Scholarship Winners

Supplies Scholarship $2000 and Part-Time Scholarship $1000 Supplies: Baylee Pitts, daughter of Christina Pitts Part-Time: Dennis Pratt, son of Buffie Pratt Rockville Correctional Facility
Eugene Lasco Public Safety $4000 Jason Powers, Caseworker Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Part-Time Scholarship $1000 Florence Ngun Tin Dim, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal Central Office

Part-Time Scholarship $1000 Robin Ray Parole Services Division
Supplies Scholarship $2000 Autumn Reynolds, daughter of Brandy Reynolds

Part Time Scholarship $1000 Chloe Patton, daughter of Dan Patton Correctional Training Institute

IDOC Scholar Scholarship $2000/4 years Brylea Barton, daughter of Amy and Jerod Barton, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Eugene Lasco Public Safety Scholarship ($4000)

Lieutenant Eugene “Gene” Lasco began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction at the Indiana State Prison in 2009. During his career, Lt. Lasco was a locksmith and served on the Emergency Squad and the Technical Response Team. He received multiple accolades for his service to the Indiana Department of Correction. Lt. Lasco was an accomplished marksman and an avid hunter. He was a gregarious individual who loved music, and was an active supporter of the Special Olympics, taking the Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness.


Tragically, on February 21, 2021, he was killed in the line of duty at the age of 57. In fact, Lt. Lasco died far exceeding the line of duty by confronting a homicidal offender that had gotten loose of his restraints. His actions protected other staff from more serious harm. He is truly a hero that will never be forgotten. The CPAFI has respectfully renamed this scholarship in his honor.


Full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university in the United States including undergraduate, graduate, technical, or vocational (except for the part-time student scholarships).
Half-time or more, but less than full-time enrollment, will be considered part-time and be eligible for the part-time student scholarship.

Special consideration may be given to students who are majoring in an area of study that directly pertains to corrections, public safety, or community service; and
You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
The winners of any CPAFI scholarship are eligible to receive a CPAFI scholarship every 12 months.

What Scholarships Are Available?

NOTE: With respect to two of the Spring 2023 supplies scholarships, students who do not meet one or more of the general prerequisites of the other CPAFI scholarships are free to apply and compete for a “Special Circumstances” scholarship.  When applying for a Special Circumstances scholarship, check the box on the application indicating you are applying for a “Supplies Scholarship” then, as part of your written “Personal Statement” (Section 5 of the application), indicate that you are applying for a “Special Circumstances” scholarship and include within this statement the unique factors or set of circumstances you believe should be taken into consideration when determining application eligibility.


NOTE: All scholarship recipients will be required to provide an official transcript before scholarship distribution.

Spring 2023 Scholarship Applications are now closed, thank you to all who applied!