R. Steve Lowe Scholarship

The R. Steve Lowe Scholarship was established in 2020

Chaplain Steve has held a high level of commitment to education and training for all who serve in correctional ministry since 1970. Steve has attended and been an instructor in correctional ministry courses including, the American Chaplains Training School (ACTS), the School of Correctional Ministries at Wheaton College, courses with Christian University GlobelNet and the team to relaunch of the Correctional Ministry program at the Correctional Ministries Institute.

R. Steve Lowe’s Bio

Serving justice-involved youth in juvenile halls, camps, and ranches since 1970, Steve has over five decades of experience as a Deputy Probation Counselor, Institutional Therapist, Para-chaplain, and Correctional Chaplain.

 Combined with his institutional experience, Steve earned three Master’s Degrees:

  • Psychology-clinical-Pepperdine University
  • Criminal Justice-California State University San Bernardino,
  • Intercultural Studies-Talbot School of Theology/Biola University), as well as completing doctoral courses in Criminal Justice at Claremont Graduate University.

 Steve currently serves in three capacities:

  • Since 1981, as the Senior Protestant Chaplain for the Orange County Probation and Social Services Department.
  • In 1985 Steve founded Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries which currently serves in 3 states, 13 counties, and approximately 50 facilities. As Executive Chaplain, Steve oversees the ministry of Pacific Youth.
  • Steve collaborates and networks with major justice-related organizations: Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association, Correctional Ministries Institute, Marsh Center for Chaplaincy Studies, Every Youth-Every Facility, Lausanne-North America, Christian Association of Youth Mentoring, Prison Fellowship, and more.

Steve is an ordained minister of the gospel, married to his helpmate Jan for over 46 years, and has 2 grown children: Jeff and Jessica.




Tuition for one of the IPM Online Certificate programs (Correctional Chaplaincy, Reentry Leadership, or Correctional Ministries).

Scholars are responsible for their books.

This is a two-year scholarship.


IPM (Tuition Costs)


Two scholars selected each year



Scholar Criteria

• Must be a Christian
• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
• Must be involved in correctional ministry


• Personal information
• Christian testimony
• Pastoral Reference
• Education/employment history
• Criminal history (if applicable, and this is not a disqualifier, but must be a free citizen for the past year)

Selection Committee

R. Steve Lowe, Karen Swanson, and one other IPM Advisory Council member




Selection Process

• Evaluate applications – preference given to those who were formerly incarcerated
• Phone interview

*Applications Accepted: July 1 – August 15

*Selections Announced: September 1