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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