Colson Scholarship

The Charles W. Colson Scholarship provides former prisoners with a college education and life formation program that develops them as Christian leaders.

Charles W. Colson

In 1988, the Charles W. Colson Scholarship was established by a generous friend of the Correctional Ministries Institute (CMI), and named in honor of Chuck Colson for his valuable service to the field of prison ministry.

Since its introduction, numerous candidates have received scholarships to attend Wheaton College’s undergraduate and graduate school. The Colson Scholarship is administered by IPM.

Who Is Eligible

Applicants must:

  • Be a Christian
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a felony record (Felonies must NOT include a sexual offense, arson, or repeat violent offenses)
  • Be out of jail or prison for at least six months before submitting application
  • Be established in a local church
  • Be accepted into Wheaton College – (undergraduate and graduate schools)

Wheaton College

As a Christian Community, Wheaton College offers 50+ majors and concentrations including;

  • Art
  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Business/Economics
  • Christian Education and Ministry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science/Engineering
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Science and Sociology

Wheaton College Undergraduate Academic Programs

Wheaton College Graduate School Degrees (M.A. Degrees only)


Undergraduate Program


Assistance with tuition and on-campus room and board for single students as well as married students. Undergraduate scholars must live in campus housing and have the choice of dorm or apartment. Wheaton College also has family housing. 


We encourage applicants to transfer in 30+ hours of college credit – taken within the last five years and in the community which can be applied to the Liberal Arts courses. Feel free to contact IPM for course advising.

Application Dates: January 1 – February 1

Graduate Program


Wheaton College Graduate School offers master’s degree programs in the areas of psychology, education, ministry, leadership, and bible/theology. Each program is designed to provide excellent training in theory and praxis from a distinctly Christian perspective.

AWARD: Scholarship assists with tuition for a Master’s Degree only

APPLICATION DATES:  January 1 – February 1

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Amanda Bagnall, former Colson Scholar, shares her journey and road to healing

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