Testimonials


 

Lee – Texas ABC Training Academy

I recently got released from federal prison on June 25, 2019.  I did 23 years and 8 months in places that I would not wish upon my worst enemy. I’ve heard countless tales of how hard it is once a person gets released from prison. Most of these tales ends up with that person going back to jail.  But I am determined to not ever step foot into that place again. It was hard at first.  I wanted to do so many things so fast.  But my main objective was to get a job and get educated so I can be a good candidate for a better job in the future. I have accomplished that.  

With the help of Marsha Pitzer and her creative corrections education foundation team, I have the education to start my life over again.  I went to the Texas Workforce and was told that a lady was up there enquiring about candidates for free school. Without any hesitation I called her and was in class in less than two weeks. In  less than four months I am certified in NCCER’S Construction Site Safety Orientation, Core Curriculum, Basic Rigging, Carpentry Level One, Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills, Scaffolding, and Construction Craft Laborer Level One.

With this type of education, I feel I can make in any refinery and do the job I was taught to do.  So much thanks to Marsha Pitzer and her Creative Corrections Education Foundation team.  I owe it all to you CCEF.

 


 

Sumer – Texas ABC Training Academy

My name is Sumer and I am 37 years old. I am from Winnie Texas, and just this past June I was released from prison with 4 years of parole. Most of my adult life I have struggled with addiction due to some tragedies I have gone through. I didn’t graduate from high school, but I did obtain my GED when I was incarcerated before. Even though I have had several jobs, I never really had a sense of direction. When I was recently at the Melton center, I discovered creative corrections. Words cannot describe how grateful I am of this place. No questions asked, and only one form filled out, they paid for me to go to school.

I am a single mother of 5 children. Money for me to even consider going to school on my own was out of the question. After today I will be a certified scaffold builder, and I plan on enrolling next semester for instrumentation. That’s a 3-year course, but I know where I’m headed now. My life finally has a direction. The feeling of accomplishment and success are almost overpowering, and I can’t remember the last time I have been so proud of myself.

I refuse to let my past define me. I know now what kind of positive role model I can be for my children. With so many good things going my way, god on my side, and the help of Ms. Marsha Pitter at creative corrections I know the sky is the limit. Finally, I won’t have just a job, But an actual career. I can only pray that my testimony will reach out to someone else who knows the struggle and maybe inspire them to want to do something similar. The grass really is greener on this side.

Thank you and God Bless

 


 

Robert – Texas ABC Training Academy

Thanks for the awesome opportunity to come into your program (CCEF & ABC) and complete it with all the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this program. It’s really a blessing to me. Thanks again for everything! I’m in route to becoming the next best Instrumentation Tech!!!

 


 

Kendrick – Texas ABC Training Academy

I have completed the course and really enjoyed doing it. It was very informative and provided so much knowledgeable tips that I will need in the career field that I will be pursuing.

With this course I will be applying the appropriate training in the workplace. It was important for me to complete the course do to the fact that I have changed my whole life for the better.

In addition, I never knew there were such programs out there for me to get into with a background such as mine. I was always under the impression that only people with perfect backgrounds get this kind of assistance offered to them. I just want to say thanks to Marsha Pitzer – Rivera and the rest of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation family for taking out the time to help me get several credentials under my belt for my career field. 

 


 

Kaleb – Texas ABC Training Academy

CCEF has gifted me with an amazing opportunity, and I will be forever grateful. Thanks to them, I am now a skilled Certified Carpenter, which has opened doors for a new career and a brighter future. In addition, I also have a Trade that I can use for the rest of my life and pass on to my son.

 


 

Rickidra – Texas ABC Training Academy

It’s truly been a blessing by this opportunity! Thanks so much Creative Corrections Education Foundation for giving me this chance to do something positive for myself that can elevate me in my employment and knowledge. I will take this certification apply it to any job that I can make lots of money. Scaffold Builder graduate.

 


 

Ah’Ceon – Texas ABC Training Academy

This experience attending class at ABC school has helped me, it has positioned me to gain more work experience and grow greater interest in my field of study. The experience alone has provided me with a broad ray of opportunity. Now I will be able to pay my child support at a more rapid rate and I am very thankful for that. More helpful to others too. Thank you CCEF.

 


 

Charles – Texas ABC Training Academy

Creative Corrections Education Foundation has me an exciting opportunity to better the lives of my family and myself. Thank you CCEF.

 


 

Kali – Texas ABC Training Academy

My name is Kali. I am 31 years old and have been in a life rut for the past couple years. I went to prison and when I got out, I went to Creative Corrections Education Foundation where Marsha Pitzer helped me get signed up and enrolled in the ABC training school. It has helped me in so many ways. But the main one is that she helped me believe in myself again and told me don’t give up on myself because of my past. Scaffold Builder graduate.

 


 

Jasmine – Texas ABC Training Academy

I appreciate this opportunity to take this class. I enjoyed learning new things and I am very happy that I know how to build a Scaffold now. Thank you, Creative Corrections Education Foundation for giving me this opportunity and believing in me.

 


 

Enedina – Texas ABC Training Academy

I appreciate this opportunity. I will take full advantage of this. Thank you CCEF. Scaffold Builder graduate.

 


 

April – Texas ABC Training Academy

Thank you, Marsha Pitzer/CCEF. I appreciate the opportunity to make me a more productive person through your program. I feel that the real world will take me seriously now, and through this program, I have learned that I am valued. Carpentry graduate.

 


 

Marcos – Texas ABC Training Academy

My name is Marcos and I went to Creative Corrections Education Foundation for help looking for a job. They offered me a great opportunity when they suggested I take a class at ABC school. I was looking for simple work to make ends meet. They went far beyond what I had hoped for and offered me a future that I could not imagined. I came looking for a job, they offered me a new life. Creative Corrections Education Foundation is a dream come true. I can’t thank them enough for a new life. Scaffold Builder graduate.

 


 

Shawncella – Texas ABC Training Academy    CCEF offers great opportunities for one of the largest minority groups in America to give back to their community and continue to prove to be productive citizens. I thank CCEF for the chance to have a better life for me and my family. Sometimes all a person needs are a helping hand.

 


 

November 2019 CCEF & Associated Builders & Contractor (ABC) Training Academy Scaffold class graduates with CCEF Program Administrator Marsha Pitzer (2nd back row).

 


 

November 2019 CCEF & Associated Builders & Contractor (ABC) Training Academy Carpentry class graduates with CCEF Program Administrator Marsha Pitzer (2nd back row).

 


 

Alexis – Ohio

I just want to thank Creative Corrections Education Foundation for providing financial aid towards my college tuition.  Their generosity helped me tremendously which allowed me to finish school and receive a degree.

 


 

Meona – Ohio

I just wanted to thank you Creative Corrections Education Foundation for the scholarship. I am truly honored. Again, Thank you. 

 


 

Courtney – Texas

Receiving a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation has tremendously helped me, and because of it, I am one step closer to graduating from college. 

Being raised by a single mother for most of my life has been very challenging when it comes to finances. Luckily, my mom has always and continues to provide a roof over my head and other important necessities that I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for her. Although she provides my necessities doesn’t mean she can afford $8,000 a semester to put me through college— and this is the problem. 

My dad has been in prison for 13 years and counting. Not having financial support from him has taken a toll on both, me and my mother. 

Going to college for me has always been an opportunity to learn, grow, and be educated enough to create a better life for me and my family. I’ve had many scares where I didn’t know if I’d be able to finish school because of how expensive it is, but by the grace of God foundations like CCEF has blessed me with a scholarship to help obliviate those worries. 

This means so much to me. 

Thank you

 


 

Miranda – Texas ABC Training Academy

I took the Construction Site Carpentry class in June 2018, I graduated August 16, 2018. I was nervous and overwhelmed at first about jumping into something new and that was in the industrial field, but I completed the class and graduated. When I graduated, I struggled finding a job for 3 months and I was turned down for plenty of jobs due to my past, but GOD blessed me with my dream job in Westlake Louisiana at the LACC unit in Scaffolding, so I’m blessed. Thanks to Creative Corrections Education Foundation, Lamar Port Arthur, and ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) for giving me this opportunity. So never give up your dreams. Dream big and keep pushing. I am a living witness.

 


 

Jamie – New York

I like to thank you for awarding me $1,000.00 to help me pay for my college education. This money will be used for college tuition, housing, books, travel fees, and expenses for my labs. Currently, I am trying to obtain my bachelor’s in science. I am currently entering my senior year at Ramapo College and will be graduating with a BSN to become a registered nurse. I hope to enter grad school in the fall 2020 to obtain my master’s in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

 


 

Rodney – Texas ABC Training Academy

I would like to give thanks for giving a person like me a chance at a new start at life by putting me through a program that might not only better my life but change it for the good.  I came a long way from selling drugs and I believe Creative Corrections Education Foundation will help to continue my growth and success in life.  I would like to thank Ms. Marsha, Mr. Carl , Mr. Juan and the rest of the crew at ABC as well.  Much love and God bless!

 


 

Ordell – Texas ABC Training Academy

I have learned from my past it has made me a better person and I have pushed myself to do things I thought I could never do. I achieved so much out of life and I attend ABC school for construction carpentry. I never seen myself doing anything like this but thanks to the staff at  CCEF and ABC school who stuck by my side and told me I can do better and I don’t need alcohol in my life.

 


 

Dominic – Texas ABC Training Academy

I would like to give thanks to Creative Corrections Education Foundation & ABC school for giving me a chance at bettering myself in my life by putting me through this program. I came a long way from selling drugs to doing good and still I’m growing and the help I got here I will better my life in total so in saying, I would like to thank Ms. Marsha, Mr. Carl , Mr. Juan,  and the rest of the staff at A.B.C…. MUCH LOVE & GOD BLESS

 


 

Latoya – Texas ABC Training Academy

Hello, my name is Latoya Johnson, and proud to offer my recommendation of the ABC program. I’ve been in the class for a few weeks now studying to be a carpenter, rigger and scaffolder. The instructors and staff have been great, and the learning process has been an adventure. Hands-on experience makes it so much easier as well. No one has been left behind; literally. Thanks to Mr. Carl Dennis he was amazing and has made a huge impact on my life!

 


 

Erica – Texas ABC Training Academy

I am so grateful for the opportunity afforded me. The instructors are knowledgeable and willing to help in any way needed. A special thanks to CCEF Marsha, Mr. Dennis, Mr. Alexis and Mr. Kenneth. 

 


 

Michael – Texas ABC Training Academy

I am taking advantage of the trades here at Associated Builders and Contractors. The programs not only teach you skilled work credentials, but they also help those in search of another chance to not only succeed but achieve in life.

 


 

Patrick – Arizona

Thank you to everyone at CCEF who helped me obtain the $1,000 scholarship! This money is a bit of relief and will help make attending my University more affordable.

 


 

Derek – Arizona

I am so appreciative for receiving this scholarship. It has been a struggle getting through college financially. My mom really wanted to be able to help in some way and now I can tell her she did. I will be using the money to put toward tuition.

Thanks again!

Derek

 


 

Angelina – Arizona

I would like to say how thankful and grateful I am to everyone at the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. I am starting at a community college and I am excited and fell more secure because of the financial help I have received. This scholarship is another step to help me succeed and get me further in my medical career. Due to the foundation’s mission and kindness, I believe they have helped me gain even more support and motivation to pursue my educational goals.

I am truly appreciative of what the foundation has done for me and many others. The foundation helped secure a hopeful future.

 


 

Michael – Texas ABC Training Academy

My name is Michael. I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to do something greater to strive for something better. Thanks, CCEF so much!

 


 

Terrence – Texas ABC Training Academy

I want to start off by saying how I appreciate the opportunity the CCEF has given me. I’ve been given an opportunity to better myself & learn a craft that I’ll have forever. Before the program I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but the program has given me many options to choose from that would be best for me. Over these past few months I’ve really been able to focus & learn my craft. The craft I chose is perfect for me, my class really allows me to be hands on & experience it firsthand. Thank you once again for this opportunity you have given me. Now with the knowledge I have a lot of other opportunities are in my future. I wouldn’t be able to have achieved this without this program & the people who helped me along the way. I can’t wait to start my new career as a carpenter.

 


 

Julian – Ohio

“One of the greatest challenges in attending college has been the financial burden placed on my grandparents. My grandmother chose to stay home from work when we came to live with them, and my grandfather works for a non-profit homeless shelter, so his income is lower than many others.  My sister is also in college, so the burden on my grandparents is significant. The CCEF scholarship has greatly relieved that financial burden. I am not sure that I would be able to attend college without the help of the scholarship from CCEF. Thank you very much.”  

 


 

Maryanne – New York

I just want to take a moment and thank Creative Corrections Education Foundation on awarding me a scholarship to attend college. CCEF’s support has definitely helped me financially to achieve my higher education goal.

 


 

The CCEF foundation helped me continue on to my sophomore year of my college career I am very thankful for this organization. 

 


 

Paris – Missouri

This scholarship would be a great help to me in a few different ways. I am currently in school and I am paying for it independently. My foster parents do not help financial for my school. Also, during the summers I work but it is only for about 3 and a half months so that makes it challenging to make all that I need. I am in my junior year and then after that one more year to follow and I will graduate. This is a big goal for me especially for the circumstances I was brought up in. I want to say thank you for this organization and how it helps others in similar situations. Thank you for your time and consideration. 

 


 

Tenaya – New York

My name is Tenaya and I have been blessed with a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Growing up without my father has been the toughest thing to handle. As a child I always missed out on father-daughter activities because mine was incarcerated. Despite our growing relationship through phone calls and letters, I can’t help but wonder how my life would’ve been growing up if he was here throughout. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, in hopes that I can help children like me cope with such difficulties and troubled youth like my father started out as. With this award, CCEF has given me the extra push that I need to achieve my goal.

Once I achieve it, I hope to give back to others just as CCEF has given to me. I am greatly appreciative of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation for believing in me despite my circumstances.

 


 

Jada – New York

As a recipient of the Creative Correction Education Foundation Scholarship, I’m guaranteed in year 2020 a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in Education. It is because of this scholarship some of my college tuition will not be a burden to my “single parent” functioning household while my father is imprisoned. I will continue to make my mother, father, family, friends and now the Creative Correction Education Scholarship Committee proud of me. Thank you, Creative Corrective Education Foundation for investing in my future.

 


 

Izayah – New York

Thank you for awarding me with the scholarship! The scholarship will help pay for my books and some of my tuition. It will also help take some pressure off my mother and myself while I am trying to pay for school. I am very thankful for this and will put it to great use.

 


 

Shamar – Texas ABC Training Academy

The ABC Training Academy program is truly a step forward in life. It’s free it’s legit and easy. A trade in this point in my life is a true accomplishment and I just want to thank Ms. Marsha and CCEF for everything they have done for me.

 


 

Tyler – Texas ABC Training Academy

The ABC Training Academy program has helped me gain knowledge in a trade so I can work.  I will be able to have employment to provide for myself and my family.  I am learning to build scaffolds, safety procedures for the work environment and much more.  All training needed t build scaffolds.  After this training program is completed, I will be able to go to work with plenty of knowledge on the job.

 


 

Gilda – Texas ABC Training Academy

My experience at ABC Training Academy has been a true blessing thanks to CCEF. It’s has provided me with new job skills to earn a better income.

 


 


Parrish – Texas ABC Training Academy

I thank God for the opportunity to learn a trade at the ABC Training Academy and also Creative Corrections Education Foundation for giving me a second chance in life. it was a real help in my life because I was slowly going downhill and if it wasn’t for you guys, I would have lost hope. Thank you😁

 


 

Cynthia – Texas ABC Training Academy

Thank you CCEF so much for paying the tuition for my classes at the ABC Training Academy.  This has given me the confidence that I needed to show myself that I don’t have to settle for a women’s job of $7.25 an hour.  I am learning so much at ABC Training Academy and again, I am truly grateful so thank you CCEF.

Trenton – Texas ABC Training Academy

It has been a big blessing to be able to gain a trade certification.  CCEF has opened doors for me to be able to not only survive but to be able to better take care of my family.  Soon after I graduate, I will take another trade and plan on starting a business with my family in the near future.

Chance – Texas ABC Training Academy

This was a blessing in disguise because it gave me the opportunity to further my education.  Going to prison was a knockdown  in my life or rather a setback.  Getting out of prison and looking for a job with a felony is not easy, it takes time.  Creative Corrections Education Foundation presented me the  chance to be able to be a provider for my family and to be a productive citizen in my community.  This is a great program and Associated Builders & Contractors Training Academy has great teachers who are willing to take time to teach you the trade you need.  I thank God for this CCEF program, ABC school and the founders of this great program.

Rudy – Texas ABC Training Academy

This has been a great opportunity for me that CCEF has provided me with a chance to better myself by learning something I can make a career out of and take care of my family, obtaining a trade certificate at Associated Builders & Contractors Training Academy.  I wouldn’t be able to pay for these classes and I am highly grateful and thankful for CCEF for helping me better myself.  Scaffold is a good job and I’ll be able to provide a good living for me and my family, so thank you.

 


 

Jasmine – Texas

My name is Jasmine and by the grace of GOD I have been blessed to receive a scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Growing up was a struggle. I did not have a normal childhood. There were times that I did not have all the necessities I needed. My family was homeless and at times we didn’t know where our next meal was going to come from. Both my parents struggled with addiction. I witnessed domestic violence. All of these circumstances came with a price and as a result my grades fell. My mother was incarcerated when I was eight years old. From then on my grandparents took on the task of raising me. My father also helped too when he could. Through all the heartaches and struggles, I have learned many things, but the most important is that times of struggle too shall pass. I graduated with my Associates Degree from Tarrant County College and currently in my first semester of nursing school. Creative Corrections Education Foundation has shined a light and opened my eyes to a secondary passion. I am currently working with Texas Representatives to create a grant for students with incarcerated parents to achieve a post-secondary education, so that they too can have a chance at life and be successful.

 


 

Chris – Wisconsin

My name is Chris and I attend Bethany Lutheran College. I have received three scholarships from CCEF thus far and it has made a huge difference and has had an amazing impact on my college experience. Going to a private school and all, things can get pretty expensive, and you can find yourself on the borrowing end of the spectrum rather quickly. However, with the scholarship I have received from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation, I have been able to get the things I need to be successful while attending Bethany Lutheran College. I am truly grateful of the help I have received from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. It has affected my college experience greatly!

 


 

Caleb – Texas

Education is a priority in our family and i’ve always planned to attend college but I just wasn’t sure how I would be able to afford it. My family has faced some financial challenges over the past few years and things are really tight. I’m so thankful my mom saw Mr. Pitzer on television one night. The Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship was a tremendous help in financing my college education. Honestly, without the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend Jarvis Christian College and pursue my education!

 


 

Anna – Alabama

“I am so excited and thankful to be attending Baylor University. My enrollment here would not have been possible without the kindness of many generous persons. In particular, I am grateful for the scholarship I received from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. These funds are helping to provide for my tuition as I study and prepare to be a Student Minister. I have heard God’s call upon my life and have dedicated myself to a vocation of helping and guiding young people. Though I have only been in college for a few weeks, I have already encountered many rich experiences that are helping to shape me for a lifetime.”

 


 

Tyral – Texas

It’s a blessing and an honor to have received this award from Creative Corrections Education Foundation. It’s helped lift some weight off of me of wondering where and how I would find the financial help to get through school in the 2014-2015 year. I thank you all very much God is good all the time.

 


 

Holly – Ohio

I am attending school at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am from Garrettsville, Ohio. My college is 8 hours away from my house. I have wanted to attend a school that I will be able to get better education in corporate accounting. I am planning on going to Johnson and Wales University for the next 4 years and getting my bachelors degree. With receiving this scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation, I am going to reach my goals with going to college to further my education.

 


 

Natalie – Minnesota

When I began applying to colleges, I was fearful. Fearful about whether or not I would be accepted. Fearful about how I would manage. Fearful about how I would pay for my education on my own. Growing up in a single parent household, with the umbrella of my father’s mistakes shading everything we did was distressing. I started losing hope in ever having a future beyond what my parents provided. Creative Corrections Education Foundation changed that mindset and gave me hope. Besides the very generous monetary support I received for my education, CCEF showed me they believed in my abilities that I was worth the effort and for that type of commitment to me, I will be eternally grateful.

 


 

Elizabeth – Texas

I had received good financial aid from Texas Lutheran University, but I was still struggling to come up with the money I still owe, for the school year. When I received the email about the scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation, it was like a blessing, knowing I can keep dreaming of one day becoming a doctor.

 


 

Billy Joe – South Carolina

This scholarship has helped me continue to strive to rise above by giving me the last bit of scholarship that I was missing for my senior year. Each year I’ve applied for scholarships that give them based on academic merit, personal hardship, and need in order to fill the slight void that I have left over from other scholarships and personal investment ability. The Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship has also brought about a slight sense of relief from my father, since something positive has become of this nightmare of his called prison. Moreover, other parents in the same facility as my father are becoming increasingly excited at the opportunity to have their children apply for this opportunity. Long story short, this not only helped me pay for and finish my undergraduate education, but it also raised the morale of my father and other prisoners because of the ability to help their children at a time in their lives when it is nearly impossible to do so.

 


 

Marshae – Ohio

Hello. I am thankful for the scholarship that I received from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. I am so much closer to my dream to become a nurse because of the help they have given me. I work harder because I know there are people who believe in me and want to see me achieve my goals. Since I received the scholarship I have everything I need to finish the school year great. All my books and classes are paid for in full and I graduate very soon. This was a gift from Creative Corrections Education Foundation and also my mother who has been incarcerated for 10 years. She feels she hasn’t or couldn’t do anything to help me but this has made my future become brighter and once she is released from prison I will be established so she will never have to be in a situation like this. Thanks

 


 

Letter from an incarcerated father to his son

Dear Son,
Today we begin the second year of my prison term. I say ‘we’ because my incarceration impacts your life, your sister and your mother too. I think of you every day and wish things were different. What I want you to know is that your life can be different from the one I chose. Everything is possible with a focus on your dreams and hard, honest work.
I just got back from the chow hall this morning and have a few minutes to send you a note before I have to be back to work in the dish room. Believe me, cleaning pots and pans is no walk in the park. Yesterday around 2:00 PM, there was a disturbance on the recreation yard and the institution went to lock down status until this morning. With the excitement of you graduating from high school, I couldn’t tell anyone or share the happiness I’m experiencing because a group of Gang Members decided to settle their differences violently.
That means there will be no visitors for a while so I will repeat my days just like today:
* There is no privacy; I share my cell, the unit bathroom and even the TV with other men
* Wake up time is 6 am no matter what
* I eat what is served and when I am scheduled
* One hour a day is recreation
* Five times a day I must stand at attention to be counted by the correctional officer
But the hardest part of all this for me is not being able to be with you all the time, everyday.
You once asked me what I wanted the most when I’m released back to society and I have spent some time thinking about your question. As you know I have five more years before I complete this sentence. The only thing I want is for my son to have a college degree. I have spoken to my Unit Manager and Counselor and they have agreed to help me look for grants or financial aid to assist in you going to college. The decisions I have made in the past have led me to this facility, no one is to blame but myself. I can’t imagine my son going thru the same daily routine that I am forced to do.
I love you and have to get to work, hope to see you next month when visiting is opened back up.
Dad
P.S. Remember the phrase our pastor used to say? ” Don’t be afraid of greatness”. You have greatness in you son and everyday I believe in you and what you accomplish.

 


 

Taylor – Texas

I just want to take the time to thank the organization of Creative Corrections Education Foundation for the scholarship I have been awarded for the fall of 2014. Coming to school here at Stephen F. Austin State University, I came on a pretty low budget. I could barely get the books I wanted in time for classes and other school related things but the scholarship award help me a lot financially. Not only did this scholarship help me with my school supplies but I was also able to join one of the greatest fraternities in the nation where I’ve met some of my closest friends and that is something to really be thankful for. I am truly blessed to have received this award and I will put it to good use! Thank you!

 


 

Mikeah – Texas

My name is Mikeah and I received a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. This award has helped me in such an amazing way. Attending college is an expensive thing to do. This scholarship has helped with my fees for books I needed for classes. Not only has it help financially but it has helped me emotionally. There was a shirt that I received in the mail from the foundation reading, “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men. ” I love this shirt and these words, I agree very strongly with what it says and represents. I have a lot of thanks and appreciation to give to this foundation.

 


 

Nathalie – New York

The Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship has helped me tremendously this semester. I had lost my tuition assistance last year and was working two jobs yet still struggling to pay for school. Neither of my parents are able to help me pay for school as my father was recently released from prison and had no job and my mother can barely afford to take care of my three younger siblings. Over the summer break, before finding out that I won the scholarship, I was working more hours to try and save money to pay for school. Then I became sick and missed over a month and a half of work and lost my second job in the process. I was worried that I was not going to be able to finish my last year of school after working so hard and being so close to graduating. I was overwhelmed with my financial obligations and over an unknown illness that was holding me back from finishing school. Winning the scholarship raised my spirits immensely and gave me hope that I will be able to finish school this academic year even though it was a difficult time. My illness may still be unknown to me but I do know that stress makes it worse, but now I will have one of my major stressors resolved and that is all thanks to a wonderful scholarship.

 


 

Kris- Texas

My name Kristopher and by the grace of God I have received a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Since I can remember, my family has always had problems with finances. It has only been my mother and I for the past 19 years. I was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and raised in Grapevine, TX. I attended Grapevine High School and was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin; however, I chose to attend the University of North Texas. I have never regretted my decision due to this being a part of God’s plan. At, UNT, I have become an active member of numerous organizations and honor societies based on high GPAs and pre-health professions. Most notably, I am an active member of Beta Upsilon Chi, a national Christian fraternity. This scholarship will aid me on my path towards finishing my Bachelor’s in Biology and going on to complete medical school here in Texas. Furthermore, this scholarship will help me fulfill my dream in graduating without any kind of debt.

 


 

Ashley – Ohio

Receiving a scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation really meant a lot to me! That has helped me with books, supplies, and even gas money to get me to college. I don’t know how I would of got that stuff if it was not for that scholarship. I currently am in my second semester and that scholarship helped me get as far as I am now in college. When I wrote this paper to this scholarship committee I didnt think I would be chosen however, a person will never know unless they try. Thanks again for the scholarship which helped me get through my first semester of college toward my register nursing license.

 


 

Aisha – Kentucky

My father has been incarcerated most of my life and has not been able to provide any financial support. I come from a single parent household and my mother has struggled to ensure we have what we need. Securing the monies needed for college has been a challenge. The Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship has helped decrease the amount I owed to fund my college expenses. I appreciate being awarded a scholarship from CCEF.

 


 

Justin – Ohio

The Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship is going to allow me to achieve my goal of going to college and graduating. This helps me out being that I am in a financial restraint due to me reducing my work hours so I can attend college. Receiving the scholarship means I can complete my higher education and reach my ultimate goal. Thank you Creative Corrections Education Foundation for the opportunity and I am greatly appreciative for the scholarship award.

 


 

Kenyon – Texas

College is a dream for me. But the nightmare of all the horror stories about being in debt behind student loans is something that frightens me the most. I’d like the opportunity to come out of college and start my life without the bondage of debt from student loans. With the help of The Creative Correction Scholarship Foundation, they will help make it possible. Many kids/youth have unfortunate situation that many people may not know about. Everyone has a story. My mother has been incarcerated my entire high school career; and that was something that was hard for me to get past. But all I can do now is try to make her proud. I don’t have rich parents who can pay for my education, but why should that limit me? I’m going to continue to push forward, and make the best of my life. Starting with college, and I would like to that the CCEF for helping make it possible!

 


 

Micah – Ohio

Winning this scholarship means that I have not become a statistic of the “at risk children” of the incarcerated. I hope that I will be a role model to others who have known the trauma of a conviction of a parent, whether it is a wrongful conviction or a right one. You can overcome the stigma and the bullying of others, by being the best you can be. It only matters to be true to yourself. My mother told me an author and motivation speaker by the name of Sol Gordon who spoke to the youth in her day said, “The best revenge was to do well.” I have never felt the need for revenge but the quote makes sense to me. If someone calls you a failure or says you are like someone they think is no good, the best thing you can do is “do good” in this life. It is your life and you are the one who will suffer or enjoy the consequences. I intend to be an overcomer and become a college graduate and a professional. I intend to someday use my education and experience to help others be an overcomer also. This scholarship will help me obtain my dream.

 


 

Logan – Wisconsin

My name is Logan, and the scholarship from CCEF will allow me to pursue a B.A. in Journalism at University of Wisconsin – Madison. My dream is to become a full-time film writer or an editor, and the support from CCEF is making my dream an attainable reality. I’m currently attending a two-year community college to continue my education without going into debt, but without the funding from this generous organization, I would never have been able to finish my studies. And now I can!

 


 

Deronte – Maryland

My name is “DeRonte”;several years ago, I adopted the phrase, “I want to succeed as bad as I want to breathe” as my personal mantra. Ruminating on this phrase, I realized, being a recipient of a Creative Corrections Education Scholarship, equated to being infused with a lifetime supply of pure oxygen. Given such an honor provides me the opportunity to attain an equal footing with others on my educational journey. Now my future success will be based on my potential, rather than lack of finances or how society visualizes “children of incarcerated parents”!

 


 

Alyssa – New Mexico

I am a third year business administration student with a minor in journalism and communication. I aspire to become a Disney Event Planner in Disneyland, California. I was awarded $1,000 in scholarship through the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Attending college is very costly and has taken a financial toll on my family by having to take out student loans. With this scholarship money, I will be able to continue my education at the University of New Mexico. The scholarship has allowed me to take out one less student loan and will be very beneficial to me now and in the future. Because of the foundation’s generosity, I will be able to continue working towards my dream of becoming a Disney Event Planner.

 


 

Danielle – New Mexico

Hello, my name is Danielle and I attend Western New Mexico University. I am beyond thankful and honored to be awarded a scholarship from CCEF foundation. I just found out about it recently because my father recently suggested it to me earlier this year. This was his way of helping me and being a part of my life. I will be the first in my family to be a college graduate. None of my aunts, uncle, cousins, parents or siblings have graduated college. Since I returned to get the required classes for nursing, my mom, my mother in law, and my younger cousin have all shown interest in college and my mom is now enrolled at WNMU. Now that all the required classes are complete I am an enrolled nursing student attempting to get my Bachelors in the Science of Nursing. I was awarded “President’s List” as an academic achievement for fall 2014 and spring 2015. This scholarship will be taken with much fulfillment and appreciation. I am extremely grateful to be given this scholarship and will do my best to make CCEF and my family proud!

 


 

Whitney – New Mexico

Thank you for awarding me with the Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship. This scholarship will be used for tuition and books to cut down cost on my education.

 


 

Terrell – Ohio

I plan on using the scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation to help fund multiple aspects of my college life. The two main aspects I plan on using this scholarship for are helping fund my cost of living, as I am a commuter, and to help pay for summer classes. My goal is to graduate early so this scholarship is helping to make that possible. I am grateful for this foundation to help people in similar situations as myself.

 


 

Letter from Father in Prison to CCEF Foundation Committee.

November 25, 2015

Dear Scholarship committee:

I am writing on behalf of my son, DeRonte Christopher Craig. My name is Ronald Craig and I am currently incarcerated in the Virginia Prison System. Unfortunately, I’ve been incarcerated in the Maryland and Virginia system for the past 16 ½ years. In 1998 when I was arrested my son DeRonte Craig just turned 1. He is now, 17 years old. It has been a constant struggle for him to grow up with only one parent physically there in the household but I’ve tried as best as possible to do what I could, when I could and to be there for him mentally as much as possible since I couldn’t be there physically.

DeRonte has grown into a fine young man with a very bright future ahead of him. He was educated in Maryland Public school system. He is a senior and will be graduating this year from northwestern high school (class of 2015) so far this year in school, DeRonte has maintained a 4.0 GPA each quarter. His cumulative GPA covering all of his high school years so far is 3.104 and he ranks 73 in a class of 476. He is also a part of a program called dual enrollment which allows him to leave high school early each day and attend classes at Prince Georges Community College. He has also been accepted to several colleges (Morgan State University, Mount St Mary’s University, Frostburg State University, Bowie State University, and Hampton University) and is awaiting decisions from a couple more. So far DeRonte has narrowed his choice towards Morgan State University. DeRonte’s problem is one of a financial nature. Even though he has been accepted to several schools he still needs to somehow be able to pay the tuition to attend. I wish that I were home to be able to help because as a parent, he would have my last penny just so he could have an opportunity to succeed.

I am doing what I can to write to try and ask that you can help him by providing any type of financial assistance, scholarships or grants. I believe that DeRonte would be an excellent choice for someone to sponsor or offer a scholarship to. He has the drive to do what it takes to be successful and DeRonte will eventually go onto do big things and he will be very appreciative of those people who have took the time to assist him. I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I shouldn’t have and that I am not proud of. I am so very proud of my son. I want so much more for DeRonte than the life I currently have and don’t ever want to see him going in this direction. Education is the key to everything, but as you know, education cost money or requires scholarships and grants. I do hope and pray that you somehow find it in your heart to assist my son DeRonte Craig in whatever way you can in his quest for a higher education.

Respectfully,

Ronald Craig #1210138

 


 

Eturnitee – Virginia

My name is Eturnitee and I attend Clark Atlanta University. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is 10 hours away from Atlanta, Georgia. My grandparents taught me that education is essential especially majoring in biology and wanting to be a pediatric surgeon. I plan on graduating from CAU in 2018 and receiving my Bachelors of Science degree. Receiving this scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation, I am blessed to reach my financial goals in attending an expensive private school. Thank you so much I definitely appreciate it.

 


 

JaVawn – Ohio

Receiving this scholarship has helped me out a great deal. On campus I am very involved in many different organizations and hold leadership positions in almost all of them as well. This scholarship helped me for school to help me not have to take out another loan this semester and save me more financial hassle. This scholarship helped me realize that even though I may not have the perfect situation good things can still come from my situation, and I have to continue to make the most of the opportunities that I have received. I understand that I am blessed and although my situation is not perfect I can still do great things. I am very thankful for this scholarship and will continue to strive to do great things in my school and in the community.

 


 

Diamond – Virginia

“Hello my name is Diamond! I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC. Although I am from Virginia and ECSU is out of state, this university was the least expensive when it came to my major. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in pharmaceutical sciences. I have always wanted to become a pharmacist. I have had this aspiration ever since I was a young girl. I have had many problems as far as my parents being incarcerated throughout my entire life, but was blessed to have an aunt to take me in at such a young age. I refuse to let these issues discourage me from my goals, especially with having such a great support system.

I have had much help from my loved ones. They have helped me tremendously, but they cannot help with everything especially when it comes to finances. Each year I have small problems but this year it was a huge problem on such late notice, that I would need more help with financial aid.

This was not the first time I received help from CCEF. I received a scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation my freshman year. I thought it was impossible for me to receive help twice. I continued to pray and do all that I needed to ensure that I would return to my university in the Fall.

This is a wonderful foundation that I cannot thank enough. You all surely make the students who have had incarcerated parents feel that they deserve to receive a higher education, just as those students whose parents have been on the right path their entire lives. This experience causes me to continue to have faith in myself, and work towards all of my goals.”

 


 

Danielle – New Mexico

I just want to thank you for the financial support. It means a lot that this organization can help students that come from a parent on welfare and the other incarcerated. I have hope to be the first in my family to graduate and achieve my goals, thank you so much!!

 


 

Sarah – Ohio

I am the proud recipient of the 1000 dollar scholarship from Creative Corrections. This money will help me to achieve my goals of becoming a college graduate and succeeding in my future. Thank you!

 


 

Olivia – Ohio

I am honored to have received a $1,000 scholarship from CCEF. This money will help me to continue my education and my goal of becoming a CPA. I am very grateful.

 


 

Victor – Louisiana

My name is Victor and I attend Loyola University. I am truly grateful for the scholarship received from Creative Corrections Education Foundation for my freshman and sophomore years. It has been a great help for me financially and a great investment in completing my college dreams. I am very thankful to this foundation.

 


 

Caesar – Ohio

Again, I would like to thank you guys at the Creative Corrections Education Foundation for giving me the scholarship opportunity and making school more affordable for me! I appreciate all you’ve done the past few years and I can’t thank you all enough!!

 


 

Brett – Ohio

I am so thankful that the Creative Corrections Education Foundation has awarded me a scholarship. I thank them for helping make my dream of being a college graduate a reality. I am glad to see my hard work in the classroom has paid off. This scholarship has greatly eased the burden of paying for my college education, and I just want to say thank you!

 


 

Kalin – New York

I would like to thank everyone at Creative Corrections Education Foundation for the scholarship. The $1000 will be a big help toward paying my tuition for this semester as I start my road to becoming a clinical psychologist.

 


 

Erika – Alabama

The CCEF scholarship fund has helped me with my journey with continuing education by taking some of burden off my family and I as I go this time with my mother. My mother and I share a close bond that most mothers and daughters don’t have and with her being gone it has affected me. This scholarship, along with the many others I applied, for have really helped me take my mind off the monetary value of college and focus on becoming the amazing surgeon that I have yet to become. While I hate that my mother is away from me right now, I know that going to college was important to her and I. I thank CCEF, because without them and the aide of others in my life, I think college today would be a big stretch for me.

 


 

Aron – Montana

I am attending MSU-Northern in Montana and I am enrolled in Agriculture operations technology a four years bachelor’s degree of which I am in my fourth year. The college I’m at right now is very reasonable when it comes to cost of attending. Yet every bit of support helps. I am trying my best to keep my out of pocket cost low so I’m not so far in debt when I’m out of school. So when the creative corrections education foundation offered their help in the form of a scholarship my first year helped me immensely. With my situation of it just being my mom and I while my dad was incarcerated was tough, especially with me starting college a new endeavor for myself. It made me feel great that there was a program to help out with the fiscal responsibility of college during my situation. I missed my dad during the time he was away, but I appreciated all the help this foundation did for me in offering me a scholarship.

 


 

Rhyan – Virginia

The biggest and most prevalent concern regarding attending college for me was the daunting issue of our financial situation. A lot of the weight for paying for college rested on my shoulders through scholarships and numerous loans. Due to Creative Corrections Education Foundation’s scholarship, I will be able to further my education at George Mason University with additional financial security for the year. This generous contribution will, ultimately, assist in covering numerous costs such as tuition, room and board, and other fees, as well as eliminate the need for another additional loan. For this, I am very grateful to be a recipient of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation scholarship, and hope to continue achieving excellence in all of my academic endeavors.

 


 

Nicole – Colorado

Growing up with an incarcerated parent affects every part of a person’s life and the financial struggle we have can be overbearing. I love that Creative Corrections offers a scholarship, acknowledging the struggle we have been through and supporting us in becoming something beyond our family’s situation. By the grace of God and the help of this foundation, I graduated this year as a Registered Nurse from Skagit Valley College. They have helped me be successful in setting an example for my family, create a future that gives back, and for my dad to have something positive come out of his incarceration. Thank you!

 


 

Tsvia – Oklahoma

Greetings: my name is Tsvia and I am a senior here at Langston University. I am writing this to you regarding the award I received through your foundation, Creative Corrections Education Foundation. When I sat back and reflected on how this scholarship has help continue my education here at Langston University, I think about how I was lost and how I didn’t know how I was going too paid for pay for my tuition, books, or any other important expense(s). Nevertheless, I was stressed. Then, I had the opportunity to meet a professor that would see potential in me that I did not see for myself. He helps me by teaching me how to look for scholarships. He has taught me how to narrow down scholarship that would fit me best. I came up with the information about what your foundation was offering due to a young lady that overheard my conversation, and she asked me if I ever had a parent incarcerated. I respond by saying yes, and she told me about CCEF and told me how to fill out for the scholarship.
This scholarship has help me to form a newly found interest in continuing to pursue my academic endeavors because now I know that I can seek, search, and secure funds towards my college experience. Again, I thank you for assisting me into making my dreams a reality. As a graduating senior, I am confident that I will be able to go into the workforce and make a substantial contribution towards this great society of ours.

 


 

Jalen – Kentucky

The Creative Corrections scholarship has helped me further my college career by helping me be prepared for classes and teaching me to not feel discouraged for any reason. As an African American female having struggled financially to get thus far, I had times where I’d get discourage. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to have the things I needed to be successful in class like my counterparts. I would look around the classroom and notice I didn’t have the necessary tools to excel in my studies. There would be times my teachers would say “pull out your devices” or “turn to this page in the book” and I wouldn’t have those items and feel ashamed because I was the only one without. I only had enough financial assistance to get me in the classroom which was a huge accomplishment for me, but that happiness turned to sadness a few minutes after being in the classroom.
Receiving this scholarship gave me the extra funding to get books and a technology device and I am able to be prepared for classes and feel a sense of security because I know whatever assignment I get I will be able to access it. I am grateful for the Creative Corrections scholarship and am one step closer to gaining a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

 


 

Bijan – Louisiana

CCEF has helped me accomplish my goals and achieve my academic endeavors in spite of the hardship and challenges by making the transitions easier so that I can stay focused and not have to worry about finances. CCEF has been instrumental in making my college experience smooth by helping offset tuition and fees. Thank you for working collaboratively with me and the universities in attaining my transcripts and earning my degree.

 


 

Right Path Program – Milwaukee

These students are part of the Right Path Program – Milwaukee. Students are working on their high school diplomas or GED.

 


 

Bree – Milwaukee (graduated December 2016)

Well, first off I want to drop down to my knees and scream at the top of my lungs that I did it! Next, I would cry like a big baby with disbelief because I can’t believe I did it. Bree walked across the stage with her high school diploma.

With all the challenges that were thrown at me and as much as I wanted to say “I give up”, I’m done. The huge support group that I had standing behind me wouldn’t let me, because they knew I was better than that and whatever I was going through, they stood by my side through it.

I consider the Right Path Program to be my second family and I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for them. I am so grateful to have met them. Through all the encouragement and guidance, I feel I’m ready for tomorrow’s challenges. I can handle anything that’s thrown my way. As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Or as my mother would always tell me, “Don’t let anyone tell you the sky’s the limit when there foot prints on the moon”. I finally have my high school diploma. So what’s my next step? Criminal Justice. If I put my mind to it, I can do anything.

 


 

Calvin – Milwaukee (graduated December 2016)

It means a lot for me to graduate from high school, because I was the first person in my family to do it. I pushed myself every day for a whole year to get every assignment done. Some stuff I didn’t understand but I got it done. I really did it because I wanted to show my little brothers, sister and cousins that they can do it too. I wanted to be a role model for my program and to others.

I have been a part of the Right Path Program since August 2015. It more than just a program. It’s my second family. Marty was a big part of helping me out. The Right Path Program changed my life. I was incarcerated when I first heard about the Right Path Program. It really helped me out.

Mr. Pitzer couldn’t find anyone better to run the program than Marty. Marty was a big support system and that was something I needed. It was a pleasure being a part of the program. Thanks for the opportunity to give me a second chance to get my high school diploma.

 


 

De’Jah – Milwaukee (graduated December 2016)

My name is De’Jah and I attend MATC’s Adult High School program. I’m extremely proud of myself that I made it this far. It was so hard from the waking up to getting to school on time and I did because I have younger siblings looking up to me. So I knew I had to do it for them.

I’ve been in the Right Path Program since March 2016. Ever since then, they have all been a part of my family. We all look out for each other and we hang out, outside of school. These guys have made great impacts in my life because I thought I was never going to graduate until I was 21. But with all my family help and support I did it.

 


 

Dawnttae – Milwaukee (graduating June 2016)

The Right Path Program has taught me, really more than the school has about mixing with different people. The people there have given me another chance to completely experience the interacting with all types of people. The one thing I haven’t learned is how to say goodbye to such wonderful friends in this environment. But really, in the educational sense, this good program has given me an alternative to finish my education. So far, I have passed a series of great classes and I received a 95 on my Civics test. God willing, I will survive next year to receive my high school diploma. To come this far, all I can do is first, thank God and second, thank Marty for making a great opportunity possible.