By Christopher Zoukis I recently received a notice from Jeremy Gordon, a federal criminal defense attorney who works with noted prisoner advocate Brandon Sample, concerning a scholarship program he has created for those incarcerated in federal prison. Few criminal defense attorneys are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to their client's quality of life in prison; thus Attorney Gordon's efforts should be heralded as a true act of compassion -- one that should be emulated. I for one appreciate Attorney Gordon's initiative and showing of faith in the true rehabilitative power of education in America's prisons.
The scholarship notice reads as follows:
The Law Office of Jeremy Gordon is very different than most other organizations that work with federal prisoners. We are different because we care deeply and genuinely about the plight of the federal prison population. We are also different because we believe in the importance of giving back to our community. Who is our community? The answer may surprise some, but it is each and every one of you. All federal prisoners.
Thus, it is with great pleasure that the Law Office of Jeremy Gordon announces the establishment of the "Commitment to Change" college scholarship. Through this scholarship, one lucky person will receive free tuition and books covering one three credit semester hour (or equivalent) college course from an ACCREDITED U.S. university or college. The scholarship will be awarded four times a year via a contest. The first contest began on April 1, 2013, and will run until June 20, 2013. The winner of the scholarship for the April 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013, period will be announced August 1, 2013.
To be eligible for the scholarship, you MUST meet the following criteria: (1) Be incarcerated in federal prison; (2) Have a GED or high school diploma; (3) Not already possess a Bachelor's degree; and (4) Submit a double-spaced essay, NOT MORE THAN 300 WORDS, discussing the steps that should be taken to help change society's negative perception of prisoners and ex-felons.
Rules: The essay must be submitted VIA U.S. Mail to Jeremy Gordon, Attn: Scholarship Contest, 215 W. Franklin St. Ste. 200, Waxahachie, Texas 75165. NO ESSAYS VIA E-MAIL WILL BE ACCEPTED. All entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2013, to be considered eligible.
Attention to grammar, spelling, and formatting will be considered in reviewing each essay. We prefer that you type your essay, but will accept handwritten submissions ON LINED PAPER THAT ARE NEATLY WRITTEN.
On a separate sheet of paper, you must include with your essay your full name, date of birth, and the name of the course and college that you would like to take the class from. On this piece of paper, please also give a short explanation (not more than 100 words) detailing why you want to take the course that you have listed.
ONLY ACCREDITED COLLEGES WILL BE CONSIDERED. Colleges that are accredited solely by the Distance Education Training Council WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Examples of accredited colleges include: Adams State University, Louisiana State University, and Ohio University.
By submitting an essay for the scholarship, you authorize the Law Office of Jeremy Gordon to publish your essay and name via the World Wide Web. The winner of the essay contest will be announced via e-mail here [on TRULINCS for federal inmates and online for those outside of prison]. All scholarship funds will be remitted directly to the college or university the classes will be taken from.
NO E-MAILS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST WILL BE ANSWERED. PLEASE READ THE RULES. In addition, no scholarship entries will be returned after the contest has ended. Further, the Law Office of Jeremy Gordon reserves the right to alter the parameters or operation of the scholarship program as it deems appropriate.
GOOD LUCK! I look forward to reading the interesting essay entries that I will most certainly be receiving from many of you.
Jeremy Gordon, Esq. 215 W. Franklin St., Ste. 200 Waxahachie, Texas 75165 Tel: 972-483-4865 Email: info(at)topfederallawyer(dot)com
If you know anyone who is incarcerated in a federal prison, works in a federal prison, or has a family member in a federal prison, please pass this article along to them. We all know that education obtained in prison is transformative and that most federal inmates lack the necessary funding to further their education. Through this scholarship, the Law Office of Jeremy Gordon is allowing federal inmates to gain funding for their education based not on financial wherewithal, but based upon merit. Thank you Attorney Gordon for this truly remarkable offer!
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