(OAKLAND CITY) – Aramark has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students at the Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP) who are pursuing either associate or bachelor’s degrees through Oakland City University’s collegiate correspondence program in partnership with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
The scholarships were awarded as part of the Aramark Scholarship Program.
Aramark is the contracted provider of food services for the Indiana Department of Correction and their food services program,
The scholarships will help these students pursue their degrees through one of Oakland City University’s educational enterprises. In addition to its traditional university undergraduate and graduate programs offered on its main campus in Oakland City and adult professional programs offered throughout SW Indiana and online, OCU provides associate and bachelor correspondence courses and high school equivalency education to incarcerated individuals in 13 Indiana Department of Correction facilities.
Currently, over 150 students are enrolled in OCU collegiate correspondence courses with an addition 2,587 students enrolled in high school equivalency program across the state. Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, OCU’s president, stated, “We are proud to partner with DOC’s In2Work program and Aramark in the
educational and professional growth of these students as they work to improve their life circumstances.”
The scholarship application process was open to incarcerated individuals in Indiana who had completed the IN2WORK program offered through Aramark.