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 SPRING 2023 Scholarship Winners

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.

The CPAFI is here to support your academic achievements by offering scholarships to current IDOC employees, contract staff, along with dependent members of their household. If you are interested in furthering your education or are currently attending college, this scholarship opportunity is for YOU!!

Scholarships are currently available for both full and part-time students. eligibility requirements are listed below.


*Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year. 

**Added guidelines for the IDOCScholar  scholarship include, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and proof of volunteer service required for each year an individual is awarded the IDOC Scholar scholarship

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.


  • Contact your CPAFI Representative, Warden, or Supervisor.
  •  Visit here when the application window is open

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

Fall 2023 Scholarship Applications are now open!