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.

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years full-time employment as a Probation Officer in the State of Indiana (please provide written verification from your Chief Probation Officer) and must be a current POPAI member in good standing. (Contact Karen at if you are not sure if you’ve paid your membership for 2021) The application will ask you to describe how your degree will assist you with your career as a Probation Officer.

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.

2021 Applications have been submitted and the winner will be announced at the Justice Services Conference April 28-29.

2020 Knepple Scholarship Winner Patrick Hillenburg

Patrick Hillenburg, Green County PO and Charley Knepple Scholarship Award Winner

Patrick has been a probation officer and a member of POPAI for ten years. Patrick is pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Bowling Green State University and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Judge Erik “Chip” Allen of the Greene County Circuit Court stated “Throughout his employment with the Greene County Probation Department Patrick has displayed the integrity, discipline, and good character that is demanded of probation officers. I have observed that Patrick is personable, diligent in his duties, uses common sense, is timely, and has solid work ethic.” more

Knepple Scholarship Recipients

2020 Patrick Hillenburg

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