Children of Inmates, Guards Get Scholarships

During the summer many high school graduates are preparing to head to the college of their choice.

But, the burden of how to pay for that can be more of a challenge if you're parent is behind bars.

"I didn't know where we would get the money for college," recent high school graduate Breonna said.

Breonna said she's always dreamed of attending USC, but her fellow 2014 graduate Sarah Melton has a different dream.

"I'm going to Clemson," Sarah said.

Other than the two girls heading to rival schools, they come from different worlds.

" He wrote me letters and he just explained how he was sorry and he wished he was back home and had the time with me to repair our relationship," Breonna said.

Breonna's father was incarcerated at Lee Correctional when she was 14-years-old.

Sarah's father is a correctional officer at the prison.

"I actually got to help work with some of the kids that came to Lee and it really hit home how blessed I am to have both my parents at home to help me go through life," Sarah said.

"It was emotional for me to see these children who don't normally get to see their fathers or, in some cases, these children had never seen their fathers before," Sarah's father James Melton said.

The two were brought together by Proverbs 226, a Christian-based organization that works with children whose parents are in prison.

At Saturday's scholarship ceremony they were prayed over and given well-wishes.

Both girls along with 10 others received varying scholarships to go to the college of their choice.

"I just feel like it's a great accomplishment to get to college and when the four years are up I can really say, 'Thank you,' for all the things they did," Breonna said.

About $25,000 in scholarships were given overall to those 12 students.


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