Correctional Employees Scholarship Fund


$305,000 disbursed

CCESF has already disbursed more than $300,000 to 19 different qualifying students.

The first round of scholarship applications in 2009 resulted in one application and the greatest need was seen in August, 2012 with six applications. As need increased and word spread, additional financial assistance was requested.

With more students needing funding, CCESF is not currently able to meet all of the requests. Your help is needed so that future requests can be met!

Some of the students assisted to date include:

  • Roynel, son of Mason Caldwell who died in 2009 while employed at Fremont Correctional Facility. 

  • Jeremiah, Lucretia and Regina, children of Dorcus Kinzie, a Sterling Correctional Facility staff member who died.

  • Kevin, son of Karen Meyers, who worked in the Parole division and died in 2012.

  • Lacey, daughter of Steve Ravanelli, who worked at Centennial/Colorado State Penitentiary and died in 2009.

  • Cody and Jacob, sons of John Schwartz who died in 2008 while employed by Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility.

  • Andrew and Daniel, children of James Steckel, who died in 2012 while employed at Delta Correctional Center.

  • Samantha, daughter of Kevin Moos, Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, who died in 2013.

  • Sara, daughter of Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections and who died in 2013.

  • Taylor, Katie, and MacKenzie, daughters of Timothy Vestring, who worked at Fremont Correctional Facility.  He died in 2013.

  • Ty, son of Troy Jones, who died while employed by Centennial Correctional Facility in 2016.

  • Kellen, son of Robert McDonald. He died in 2011 while employed with the Parole division.

  • Breann, daughter of Terry DeVore, who worked at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility until his death in 2008.

  • Whitney and Brandon (in photo below with CCESF member Nancy MIller), children of George Nelson who worked at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility and who died in 2015.