Susan M. Hunter Scholarship

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan M. Hunter, former Director of the Prisons Division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.   

Susan passed away in 2004 from breast cancer.  CLA’s Past Presidents’ Committee had been working toward a scholarship program for children of correctional staff. In the wake of her death, CLA grieved the loss of Susan, and the Committee made a logical decision to name the scholarship program after Susan, who had embodied the ideals of an educated and enlightened correctional workforce. Her life’s work continues in our memory of what she held dear, which is now expressed in our profession with contributions to deserving students whose parents labor in our Association's chosen field. 

We are now accepting applications for 2021.

Eligibility Requirements for the Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship: 

  • Students must be the son or daughter of a corrections employee (current full-time, retired, or deceased) within any CLA member Department of Corrections or jail/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 GPA of 3.3. Students may be working toward a degree in any area of study. 

  • Students must be or plan to be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or an accredited graduate program for the 2021 fall semester.

For 2021, awarded scholarship amounts will be $1,500 for undergraduate and graduate students and $750 for individuals who had received a $1,500 scholarship a prior year. 

You can view a complete list of scholarship FAQs here.  

Applications must be received by end of day on March 31, 2021.
Questions may be sent to [email protected]