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.

Applications for the 2019 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship are now available.

Submit your application to be considered for the 2020 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2020 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in April.

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.

Download the application that contains Full Information including qualifications

Apply on or before 12:00 noon EST on Monday, March 23, 2020

Form return options are within the application document.

Questions? Contact Bob Schuster, Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative.

2019 Knepple Scholarship Winner Elizabeth Darenski

2019 Knepple Scholarship Award Winner: Elizabeth Darenski

The 2019 Knepple Scholarship Winner is Elizabeth Darenski of LaPorte County Adult Probation.

Elizabeth is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Walden University. In a letter of support, Judge Thomas Alevizos stated “Elizabeth exemplifies the duty of a Probation Officer in her work ethic and willingness to help those on her caseload. She excels at working with mentally ill offenders and has gone above and beyond in trying to get them the care they need, while still holding them accountable for their behavior.” more

Knepple Scholarship Recipients

2019 Elizabeth Darenski

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