The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) announced the first winners of the Susan M. Hunter Scholarship. The late Dr. Hunter was Chief of the National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) Prisons Division.
Applicants for the Hunter Scholarship must be the son or daughter of a corrections employee and must be enrolled full time in an accredited corrections or criminal justice program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Two of the four scholarship recipients (out of 50 applicants) - Alvaro Escobedo, Jr., and Grant W. Heuett - have parents who work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Both Mr. Escobedo and Mr. Heuett plan to work professionally in the criminal justice field upon completing their studies.
Susan M. Hunter died in March 2004 at age 53. Reginald A. Wilkinson, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and ASCA president, wrote in April 2004, "Few people were as well versed about the corrections world as Susan. Few people were as intent to improve the corrections world....She was an advocate for change; she was academically astute; and she was a mentor to many." During her tenure with NIC, Dr. Hunter helped to coordinate services to state departments of corrections and prisons nationwide, and oversaw important work in the areas of correctional classification, classification of women offenders, inmate culture, safety and security, sexual misconduct in prisons, and the welfare of children of prisoners. Formed in 1970, ASCA promotes the exchange of ideas and philosophies among correctional administrators, the advancement of correctional techniques, greater public support for corrections and the reintegration of ex-offenders, research in correctional practices and causes of crime and delinquency, and the development of correctional standards and accreditation. ASCA also works with legislatures, international agencies, and other organizations interested in correctional programs. The Hunter scholarships were the first of any type that ASCA has awarded. The Bureau of Prisons congratulates and extends its best wishes for continued success to all recipients.