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Kids of prisoners will start getting scholarships to attend college

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Starting this spring, children of prisoners can get financial help to better themselves by going to college.  

UW-Milwaukee will offer $1,000 scholarships to the youngsters of parents who are incarcerated or are under extended supervision.

The program was launched by Stan Stojkovic, the dean of UWM's Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. He agrees that $1,000 is not a big grant -- but it can be a life changer for those whose parents are away in the criminal justice system.  

Stojkovic put $5,000 of his own money into the scholarships. The Creative Corrections Education Foundation of Texas has also given $5,000.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele donated the same amount. Inmates at the Milwaukee County House of Correction have also chipped in, pledging or donating $900.

Former prison warden Percy Pitzer, who oversees the Creative Corrections firm, came up with the idea. Pitzer, a native of Boscobel, was the warden at the federal prison near Oxford in the 1990's. He said he's been so many prison visiting rooms that, "You could almost pick out who had the potential of being the next client."

He said that if his effort could keep one person out of prison, he said it would be an accomplishment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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