Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship

Charley Knepple
The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana provides a scholarship in memory of 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 in Indiana.

The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will receive $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursuing a Masters / Doctorate Degree. See the application for more requirements.

2024 Knepple Scholarship Winner: Brenda Matute

POPAI Vice President Lindsey Villalpando presents Brenda Matute with a plaque to commemorate her as POPAI’s 2024 Knepple Scholarship Winner.

Vice President Lindsey Villalpando presented Brenda Matute from LaPorte County with a plaque acknowledging her winning this year’s $2,500 Scholarship in memory of Donald “Charley” Knepple. She is pursuing a Masters in Science, Management and Leadership from WGU Indiana.

Judge Thorne stated it has been his distinct pleasure and privilege to have her assigned to his court. She has a high level of competency and professionalism and always brings a positive attitude.

Ashley Wright, pretrial services coordinator, stated Brenda demonstrates a genuine passion for helping others, both as a probation officer and as an Interpreter. She approaches her work with integrity and compassion.

Stephen Eyrick, CPO, stated Brenda has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication and professionalism. Her bilingual skills have been particularly valuable.

In her application, Brenda stated:

This degree will assist me in learning to become a better leader. Diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly important. Learning and applying the proper skills improves professional relationships with those I supervise and my coworkers.

Congratulations Brenda!


Knepple Scholarship Recipients

2024 Brenda Matute, LaPorte County Probation

2023 Sandra Bryan, Marion Superior Court

2022 Brandi Glenn, Perry County Circuit Court Probation Department

2021 Sarah Lochner, Wabash County and Alexis Stogdill, Monroe County Circuit Court

2020 Patrick Hillenburg, Greene County Probation

2019 Elizabeth Darenski, LaPorte County Adult Probation

2018 Naara Olivero, Lake County Juvenile Probation

2017 Rachael A. Scott, Monroe County Circuit Court Probation Department

2016 Parker Stouffer, Wabash County Probation Department

2015 Patrick O’Neill, Marion Superior Court

2014 Ryan Hull, Noble County Probation

2013 Cara Gilmore, Knox County Probation Department

2012 Shashan DeYoung, Marion Superior Court

2011 Stephen Pastore, Wells County Circuit and Superior Courts

2010 Brian Guerre, Porter County Probation

2009 CJ Miller, Hamilton County

2008 Sherry Porter, Bartholomew County

2007 Danielle Gibbs, Johnson County

2006 Jeff Yoder, Allen County

2005 DeJuan Jordan, Allen County Adult Probation Department

2004 Janice A. Wade, Vanderburg Probation

2003 Terri L. Bodine, Shelby County Probation

2002 Christine Kerl, Marion Superior Court

2001 Lisa Swedarsky, St. Joseph County

2000 Ross Carothers, U.S. Probation

1999 Kimberly Zakutansky, Lake County Juvenile Probation

1998 Brian Armstrong, LaPorte County Adult Probation