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Children of DOC employees receive scholarships

HARRISBURG — The Correctional Leadership Association (CLA), which formerly was called the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), has awarded college scholarships to students of correctional employees.

Ninety-seven Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) employees submitted applications. Four PA DOC applicants received $1,500 scholarships, and one received $750.

Among the honorees were:

n Isabella Nagy, daughter of SCI Houtzdale Business/Technology Teacher Melissa Nagy, who has been employed at the prison for one year. Isabella received a $1,500 scholarship. She will enter her sophomore year at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, where she majors in psychology.

n Sofia Dinardi, daughter of Joe Dinardi, a 24-year veteran DOC employee serving as a corrections counselor 2 at SCI Huntingdon. Sofia recevied $1,500. She is a 2020 graduate of Huntingdon Area High School and will be attending the main campus of Penn State University in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing. Her goal is to obtain a graduate degree as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in endocrinology. Sofia is pictured with her mother, Sandy, and her father, Joe.

Susan M. Hunter was the former chief of the prisons division of the National Institute of Corrections. She died in 2003. Hunter was a tremendous influence in the field of corrections, according to ASCA officials. She was a seasoned administrator, a mentor to many corrections professionals and an advocate for change. The scholarship was named in Hunter’s honor as a lasting tribute to her commitment, insight, energy and enthusiasm for the field of corrections.

Scholarships are awarded to the son or daughter of a corrections employee in the amount of $1,000 for undergraduate studies and $1,500 for graduate studies and $750 for individuals who in a prior year had received either a $1,000 or $1,500 scholarship. The student must be enrolled full-time and graduate students’ field of study must be corrections or criminal justice at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or an accredited graduate program.

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