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The mission of the Post Prison Education Program is to provide educational opportunities to prisoners and returnees in Washington State. Through our "Bridge to College" Program we work with people who have recently been released from prison, helping them transition successfully to college and the work force. We provide our students with these resources:

  • Scholarships
  • Academic advising and career counseling
  • Advocacy and mentoring

Our nontraditional scholarship fund can be used to remove any financial barriers to education and employment (e.g., tuition, textbooks, required school supplies, testing fees, rent, bus passes). Normally, scholarship funds are used to supplement a student's financial aid package, so that the student has sufficient resources to excel in school. Scholarship amounts are awarded on a case by case basis, and are dependent on the financial need of the individual.

In order to be eligible for our Program applicants must:

  • be residents of Washington state
  • be prisoners, or formerly prisoners
  • be low income
  • demonstrate that they have the life skills necessary to succeed at school and work
  • demonstrate that they are ready to make school their first priority, and work hard to achieve their academic goals
  • Enroll in an accredited public college or university in Washington State

Enrollment Process:

  • Prospective students must complete our Application and write a Personal
  • Essay describing their educational goals and personal history
  • Transcripts must be provided upon request.
  • After the Application and Essay are reviewed prospective students meet with representatives of our Scholarship Review Committee.
  • After the intake interview, applicants are informed if they have been accepted into the program.

In order to remain enrolled in our program, students must:

  • Apply for federal financial aid or other scholarships as appropriate
  • Work part time, if possible

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Prior drug addiction does not disqualify a student from participating in our Program. However, applicants with untreated addiction problems are advised to put off returning to school until the problem is resolved and sobriety is achieved.

Academic Policy

Every applicant MUST meet the following conditions:

  • 1. Enroll full-time in an accredited community college or vocational technical education program;
  • 2. Remain enrolled full-time, attend your classes and remain in good standing with a Grade-Point-Average (“GPA”) of 2.5 or engage in weekly tutoring.
  • 3. Apply to the college or school for financial aid (both loans and grants), scholarship(s), work study, and all other financial assistance
  • 4. Work part-time by your second quarter in school unless waived by the Director, Applicant & Student Affairs.

Lifestyle Policy

  • 1. Students must be honest with the program
  • 2. Live frugally (shared housing and public transportation)
  • 3. Not engage in illegal activity
  • 4. Make school #1 priority
  • 5. Remain in contact with Post-Prison Education Program

Dishonesty Policy

By signing this document, the applicant acknowledges that the Post-Prison Education Program (“Program”) is a non-profit organization with limited funding, and that if the applicant is accepted into the Program and receives financial assistance, other qualified and deserving applicants will as a result be unable to receive the Program's assistance. Because funding is limited, the Program requires strict honesty from all applicants and students regarding their income, costs, and academics. Any intentional misrepresentation in an application will result in immediate rejection of the application. Any student making an intentional misrepresentation to the Program will be immediately terminated from the Program. A student may be reinstated only by appeal to the Scholarship Committee.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Post-Prison Education Program affirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statues, regulations, and Program policy.