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    panama856 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    May 8, 2007, 04:19 PM
    Scholarships for convicted felons
    I'm interested to know if convicted felons can apply for some financial aid of any sort.. are there specifically any scholarships for felons to apply?

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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,304, Reputation: 7692

    May 8, 2007, 07:39 PM
    Can they not apply for any regular scholarship like anyone else?
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    panama856 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    May 8, 2007, 08:12 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Fr_Chuck
    Can they not apply for any regular scholarship like anyone else ??
    Well... yeah.. but.. due to the struggle in life can I apply for a special one, like rehabilitation scholarships.. or disabilities one.. that type of thing
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    May 8, 2007, 08:37 PM
    There's plenty, for everyone you don't have to be a felon.
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    Aug 15, 2007, 09:43 PM
    Yes there are special one for rehab for felons. I know there are in Texas anyway soi'm sure there in most states. Finding them though is another problem. Good luck
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    Nov 15, 2007, 12:51 AM
    If its drug related hang it up. If not there is hope.
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    Nov 15, 2007, 11:52 AM
    Hello everyone. My name is Chaplain Kurt. I'm an ex-prisoner from Michigan when in 1995 while walking a Michigan level one prison track, God called me into ministry. Since then, I have designed my own website Breaking The Spirtual Shackles where I have some useful links for felons who need education assistance. Please check it out!
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    Dec 18, 2009, 11:22 AM
    I am just in shock at some of these responses. Felons have a very hard time in life, no one wants to give money to an ex-con, even if it is to go back to school to help them or their family or even just to get a job is a struggle! My husband is a convicted felon who has been out for 5 years and not in trouble once since, only one traffic ticket for a seat belt and still cannot find a decent job or funding for school. All you people who think you are better just cause you have something going for you in your life, GET A LIFE!! FELONS ARE PEOPLE TOO & DESERVE TO BE TREATED THAT WAY! You know where you can stick it!!
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    isabellesmommy Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 6, 2010, 06:58 PM
    I am a felon, and some people may think that felon's are the worst people in the world. I on the other hand was a wild child and made a few wrong decisions in my life. Some people on here seem to think that they are better than others and want to act cute and say sly remarks. But let me tell you that for myself, this is not a joke. This is my life. I am a 26 year old, and a mother and I want to be someone my children can be proud of. And Yes we all understand that there are plenty of grants and scholarships out there, but what I think the person was asking is about specific scholarships for felons, and YES, THERE IS!! You have to look in the right places. Talking to the financial aid office of the collage your are applying to is very helpful. I am currently going through that myself. Never loose faith and never give up looking and trying. You will find a way to better yourself, I promise. That promise was made to me and now I am now doing what I know I should be doing and what makes me happy.
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    Mar 29, 2010, 06:15 PM
    I really hate it when people don't believe how hard life after prison is... I am 24 years old and a convicted felon, I sentenced to prison at 19 years and was 23 before my stay there ended... After being free for 18 months I'm absolutely fed up with the reality I face every day... Yes there are resources available to me and every convicted felon seeking to do and be something better... However they are damn near impossible to find and it's frustrating... So to the ones looking to better themselves and their life, don't give up there is help and to everyone else please, even if you can't understand, just please know that it really is much harder than you think and offer us what we need most, someone who believes in us when it gets hard to believe in ourselves...
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    Apr 8, 2010, 08:14 AM
    I am also amazed at what some people in here have wrote. Yes, there are all kinds of scholarships and grants out there, for all types of people. They have them for low income, they have them for being an Indian or other specific races, they even have them for Gays and lesbains. So why shouldn't they have something to help people better themselves and make a better life once they are out of prison? You may look at it as helping a convict pay for school but would you rather be paying to house a person in prison over and over again. Looks to me that if you give an exconvict the tools they need to provide a decent life for themselves and their family then they would not keep returning to prison. Life for a person getting out of prison is no picnic, they have it harder than the rest of the world. No one wants to see how they are now but only where they were in the past. It isn't only jobs that they have a hard time getting but even a place to live then they have to deal with the perfect "people" of the world looking down at them. People GET A CLUE! Give these people a chance at change and life. I am sorry but at this time I do not know of any scholarships for convicted felons but I am trying to find some to help a group of woman just out of prison. Also do not listen to that jasondbel. DO NOT give up hope drug offence or not. I know a woman who did 8 years for drugs and she had to struggle a little but she never gave up hope. 5 years later she is running (Manager) of IHOP and doing awsome! There is always hope and there is always someone who is going to have compassion for you and your situation and give you a chance. Do not give up, just hang in there.
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    MishiaW Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    May 26, 2010, 12:56 PM
    OMG... there was not one answer on here... just people on their soap boxes...
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    Jun 10, 2010, 07:03 PM
    People this is first hand knowledge from a convicted felon! After getn out
    I didn't have a crumb but I knew it had to be a better way. Luckily I'd gotten my GED when I was locked up and that seems to be the #1 reason people can't start school. I applied for financial aid "fafsa" and got pell grants. If your and inmate or not you can get a pell grant. It's free don't cost any money. As far as scholarships most schools post them and they show the criteria. Any felon can go to school the hardest part is getting off your a** to go sign up. I graduated with a degree in computers and got a job thank god but oddly enough it's still hard and forever will be hard for people to trust us no matter how much time lapse. My advice is get into a trade that will allow you to work for yourself like hvac or mechanic. Don't give up homies the hardest part is the first step.
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    kilocycle Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 18, 2010, 06:08 PM
    I just want to know what I need to do to make things right with people in control, I want to be a Citizen a again, I want to come in from the Cold!
    Please I am 42 its been nearly 20 years, Class 4 theft felony? Please anyone HELP!!
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    arod511 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 2, 2010, 04:40 PM
    Guys get over yourself. I been a couple times and guess what. I enrolled in school and am getting straight As. I got a job and got my own place and don't rely on anyone. Work hard and apply for financial aid. Do your fafsa online and go to a school to enroll. It takes 2 months to receive your FA so do it early. Rule number 1, stop acting like you're a victim. We have those but we are not them. Take charge of this just like you should take responsibility for your crime. I got weapons charges and GTA along with some more classic screw ups so I looked into a career in archaeology or biology. Both can get grants to start companys when you finish school so you don't find yourself with a degree but then nobody will hire you. Be smart. Believe in yourself, go get that degree, and stop with all this its so hard crap. That's weak and if you made it through being down this isn't nothing. Don't talk about it be about it.
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    jr276324 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    May 2, 2011, 10:13 AM
    I see by these answers that there are resources available for felons but why has only one person listed these resources? They are hard to find so if you have any names, websites, etc it would be great to put them on here.
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    reno89182 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 10, 2011, 12:22 PM
    I'm sorry to my fellow convicted felons here... but, enough is enough. I spent 6 years in the joint. I got out, didn't look for handouts, and got a job. Not a great job, but a JOB! I didn't blame society for my struggle. I made my own bed... and slept in it! It's your fault, my fault... not anybody else's. Society does not owe you a damn thing, stop thinking they do. Take pride in making it on your own, as much as you take pride in being a convicted felon, and you'll be straight. Prison ain't cool!!
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    Nov 17, 2011, 11:03 AM
    Federal Bonding Program Information
    A Federal Fidelity Bond is a business insurance policy that protects the employer in case of any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. The Fidelity Bonds issued under the Federal Bonding Program are insurance policies of the Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company and are good for a period of six months. Each bond insures the employer for theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement by the bonded employee. It does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries or work accidents, and it is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system nor a contract bond, performance bond or license bond sometimes needed for self-employment. Any at-risk job applicant is eligible for bonding services, including: ex-offenders, recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs), welfare recipients and other persons having poor financial credit, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history, individuals dishonorably discharged from the military, and others. Any one-stop staff is able to provide this service by following the instructions below.
    To be eligible for the Federal Bonding Program, an at-risk worker must:
    1. Need the program's bond in order to get a specific job,
    (Have an actual job offer that requires bond issuance.)
    Meet the legal age for working; there are no other age limits, and
    (Some jobs require the employee to be 18; others require 21.)
    Be paid wages with federal taxes automatically deducted from pay;
    (Self-employed persons and independent contractors cannot be covered.)

    While the main purpose of the Federal Bonding Program is to help applicants who are having difficulty obtaining a job due to their questionable background, a bond can be issued to cover a current employee who is not bondable under the employer's insurance and needs the program's bonding to get a promotion to a new job which requires bonding or to keep from being laid off.
    Bonds are issued in units of $5,000. One unit of bond insurance coverage is usually sufficient to cover most job placements. Prior to issuing bond amounts larger than $5,000 (never more than five bond units or $25,000 coverage), approval must be obtained from the State Bonding Coordinator. The bond issued has no deductible amount; the employer receives the total amount of the covered loss up to the full amount of the bond insurance. Although it is critical that the bond amount be tailored to the amount of goods or money that is at risk, one-stop staff should avoid indicating that amounts higher than one unit of bond insurance are possible.
    Either the individual or the employer can request the help of one-stop staff in getting a bond. For each person bonded, a separate one-page Fidelity Bond Certification Form must be completed by the one-stop staff person. Within three working days of the “Job Start Date” and before sending a completed form to the State Bonding Coordinator, the one-stop staff should confirm that the individual to be bonded actually started working and insert that date in the “Bond Effective Date” on the form. The completed form with the original signature of the one-stop staff is to be mailed to the State Bonding Coordinator, and a copy of the completed form is to be kept in the files of the one-stop center where the bond was
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    Tylerk4n Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 9, 2012, 01:34 PM
    Yes there are scholarships that are geared directly towards felons.You can check with your local D.A.R.S. Office and they will help you.Most felons know what DARS is if not it is the Department of Assistive And Rehabilitative Services

    There are also scholarships that felonies won't disqualify you. I just received the Pell grant from the FAFSA website and was looking a little closer and found that you can make a profile on FAFSA and it will create a long list of grants and scholarships you may qualify for.
    Here is the link. earch%2Easp%3F%26%26

    Also you can check out the disability website which has scholarships and grants for people who have anything from ADHD to bipolar or even low vision

    You just have to put the effort in and keep pushing
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    Jan 9, 2012, 01:40 PM
    Here is the website for people who have dissabilities. Just search scholarships for whatever dissability you might qualify for.

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