Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship

Charley Knepple

The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana provides a scholarship in memory of Donald “Charley” Knepple. Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana. In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and advanced degrees for probation in Indiana.

The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursuing a Masters / Doctorate Degree.

The 2019 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award winner will be announced at the 2019 IOCS Conference in August.


POPAI presents the 2018 scholarship to Naara Olivero of Lake County Juvenile Probation.

Naara and POPAI President, Adam McQueen

Naara is presently pursuing a Master of Science in Management Leadership from Western Govenors University. In a letter of support, a Senior Judge from Lake County stated that Naara is a hardworking, responsible, thorough and dedicated officer to the children and families she serves. Naara’s Chief stated that she is a dedicated officer who constantly strives to improve both her personal performance as well as expand her understanding of proven rehabilitative interventions within the criminal justice field. She went on to say that Naara’s desire to further her education demonstrates her ongoing quest to enhance her knowledge of not only treatment and criminogenic needs presented to her by the children and families she serves, but to match those needs to the most appropriate programs and services available.

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Knepple Scholarship Recipients

2018 Naara Olivero 2017 Rachael A. Scott  2016 Parker Stouffer
2015 Patrick O’Neill 2014 Ryan Hull 2013 Cara Gilmore
2012 Shashan DeYoung 2011 Stephen Pastore 2010 Brian Guerre
2009 CJ Miller 2008 Sherry Porter 2007 Danielle Gibbs
2006 Jeff Yoder 2005 DeJuan Jordan 2004 Janice A. Wade
2003 Terri L. Bodine 2002 Christine Kerl 2001 Lisa Swedarsky
2000 Ross Carothers 1999 Kimberly Zakutansky 1998 Brian Armstrong