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 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