Each year, POPAI provides a scholarship in memory of probation officer Donald “Charley” Knepple.  Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana.

In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and advanced degrees for probation officers in our state.

The 2016 recipient of the Donald “Charley” Knepple scholarship is Parker Stouffer of Wabash County Probation Department.

Parker is presently studying Organizational Leadership at Huntington University.  He is maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Parker states that he will be using his degree to pursue the goal of becoming a leader in Indiana Probation.  Parker has a passion for serving, leading and mentoring others.  In the letters of support, Parker’s Chief Probation Officer Sarah Lochner stated that Parker demonstrates a concern for the needs of offenders and works diligently to find ways for offenders to reintegrate into the community and find success in their daily living.  She describes Parker as a dedicated servant leader.

POPAI congratulates Parker for this deserved recognition!