Creative Corrections Education Foundation – CCEF is a 501c3 non-profit that provides scholarship opportunities to qualified young adults generally between the ages of 18-27 who have a parent incarcerated or on parole in the United States, when funding is available. Qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list and when monetary donations are received, scholarships or financial aid are awarded yearly.

CCEF’s Right Path Program Beaumont, Texas – The Right Path Program was established in March 2015.  This program was created to provide educational opportunities to young adults who live in the Southeast Texas area. 


Initially CCEF teamed up with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) in Beaumont Texas and our primary mission was to place financially challenged young adults in an educational program in LIT, so they can obtain a certificate in a trade. This program was designed to help disadvantaged young adults help themselves be successful by going to school and graduating as a certified technician which will allow them to compete in the business sector. 

CCEF’s Right Path Program Beaumont has partnered with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), in Nederland Texas.  This program allows us to offer classes to ex-offenders returning to the community who are interested in making a difference in their lives.  CCEF and Austin Community College (ACE Grant Program), pay the student’s tuition  at the ABC Training Academy and all we require from the student is to graduate from the course.

Qualified applicants can sign up for the following ABC classes: Welding 6 semesters (1 1/2 years), Core Safety 1 semester (10 weeks), Instrumentation 12 semesters (3 years), Scaffold Builder 1 semester (10 weeks), Industrial Carpentry 3 semesters (3/4 year), Electrical 12 semesters (3 years) and Pipefitting 12 semesters (3 years).

Applicants can fill out the ABC application and Letter of Commitment forms at our office then they report to the ABC Training Academy in Nederland Texas to complete the enrollment process.

CCEF – 6545 Calder Ave, Beaumont, Texas 77706 (409) 861-2536 (Contact Marsha Pitzer-Rivera or Gwen Clakley)

ABC Training Academy – 2700 North Twin City Highway, Nederland, Texas 77627 (409) 724-7886 (Contact Kenneth Wahl)

The children of incarcerated scholarships are awarded in the United States only and can be awarded for accredited undergraduate colleges and trade schools only.

CCEF only supports those students who are enrolled full-time during the academic school year in the United States and online courses are not permitted.

Applications will be on a first come first served basis, and based on the needs of each individual applicant.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted continuously throughout the year. There is a deadline for applying for a Pell Grant. (See information in Resource Tab)

Scholarship Details

Provide evidence of Federal Pell Grant eligibility by submitting a copy of your most recent Student Aid Report resulting from your filing of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance). Parent/Legal Guardian currently incarcerated or paroled. (Proof of verification is needed).

Must be enrolled full-time or admitted into an accredited college, university or technical institution.

Current Scholars

CCEF awards several scholarships each year for young adults of incarcerated parents to attend college and trade schools nationwide.

Is the Scholarship Renewable?

Students that receive a CCEF scholarship or financial aid can re-apply each year for additional assistance if they remain in good standing with the school and funding is available. The Awards Committee will review the request and notify the applicant of it’s decision.